Capitalism has various growth imperatives that are inconsistent with environmental limits. That is, capitalism must grow for stability but cannot grow limitlessly on a finite planet.
It follows that the future will be post-capitalist – by design or disaster.
In this presentation Samuel Alexander explores a grassroots theory of change that he argues is the most coherent way to help drive a post-capitalist transition by design.
This is Part V of the Ecological Civilisation series.
Other video’s in this series include:
An Introduction to the life and ideas of Henry David Thoreau, philosopher of sufficiency – Part 2
A Real Green New Deal – Policies for a Post-Growth Economy – Part 3
Life in ‘Degrowth’ Economy: Envisioning a Prosperous Descent
The series is grappling with the problems of consumerism and the growth economy; envisioning alternative, post-carbon ways of life; and considering what action can be taken, both personally and politically, to help build an ecological civilisation.
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