February 21, 2017

Capitalism, democracy, and the degrowth horizon (Part II)

By Leandro Vergara-Camus* In the Part II of the third post of the Ecology after capitalism series, Leandro Vergara-Camus attempts to show that Marxism is useful for the degrowth movement because of its understanding of what the specificity of capitalism is in comparison to other types of societies. In order to build a post-capitalist society, he calls for challenging private ownership of the means of production, de-commodifying and democratising the access to and management of natural resources, challenging the separation of the economic from the political, […]
February 14, 2017

Capitalism, democracy, and the degrowth horizon (Part I)

By Leandro Vergara-Camus* In the third post of the Ecology after capitalism series, divided in Part I and Part II, Leandro Vergara-Camus argues that the root causes of the socially and ecologically destructive character of capitalism is not to be found in growth, but in capitalist accumulation. He suggests that growth can be greened in a post-capitalist society if the institutions and dynamics that force capitalist accumulation and competition are abolished and full democracy is established.
February 7, 2017

Beyond the limits of nature: a social-ecological view of growth and degrowth

By Eleanor Finley* In this second article of the series “Ecology after capitalism“, Finley revisits the concept of growth from the libertarian socialist perspective of social ecology. She draws on Bookchin’s work to interrogate the limits of a degrowth conception of ‘growth’ and argues that we might find more opportunities for social and political transformation in social ecology’s analysis of post-scarcity and growth as ecological development. 
January 31, 2017

The labor(s) of degrowth

By Stefania Barca* In the first post of the Ecology after capitalism series, Stefania Barca argues that degrowth has potential to facilitate the discussion and practice of an emancipatory ecological class-consciousness, provided it engages with the centrality of work and class in the transition to a post-carbon and post-capitalist paradigm.
January 24, 2017

Ecology after capitalism

A series of upcoming posts on ENTITLEBlog seeks to foster emerging debates around egalitarian futures beyond accumulation and growth.
January 10, 2017

Let’s Degrow Up and Grow Down!

By François Schneider * François Schneider responds to Miklos Antal’s criticism of the use of the term degrowth for the alternative economics movement.
October 25, 2016

Naming the radical movement for alternative economics: D.E.growth

By Miklós Antal* How can we create a positive attitude towards alternative economic directions while keeping the advantages of the concept of degrowth?
October 12, 2016

Accelerationism… and degrowth? Strange bedfellows for today’s left

By Aaron Vansintjan* Proponents of degrowth and accelerationism will likely be found in the same room for decades to come. Despite their opposite ‘branding’, they should probably talk; they have a lot to learn from each other.
February 19, 2016

The growthocene: Thinking through what degrowth is criticising

By Ekaterina Chertkovskaya and Alexander Paulsson.* Let’s be clear what kind of growth degrowth needs to challenge: the growth of biophysical throughput, continuous capital accumulation and productivism, as well as mindless attempts of boosting GDP – or, what we call the growthocene.
January 21, 2016

Degrowth Conference 2016, call for papers open

The 5th International Degrowth Conference: Walking the meaningful great transformations will be held in Budapest from 30 August to 3 September 2016. The call for individual papers closes on 29 February 2016.
November 3, 2015

Can there be green socialist growth? A commentary on John Bellamy Foster (part II)

By Giorgos Kallis*. A genuine eco-socialism will be one that consciously decides, and plans to live with enough; and one that collectively squanders the surplus of its production, taking it out of the circuit of growth.
October 27, 2015

Is there a growth imperative in capitalism? A commentary on John Bellamy Foster (part I)

By Giorgos Kallis * Capitalism without growth may well be ugly, but there’s no intrinsic law saying it can’t survive in a declining or stagnant state.