Prosperity without growth: A contradiction in terms

For two centuries, life expectancy has surged, the food supply has easily outstripped a rising population and science has advanced tremendously.  But are the costs of growth beginning to outweigh the benefits?  Critics point to rising inequality, and insist people are becoming no happier, while mental illness and obesity are rife.  In this fascinating head-to-head, economics journalist and author Daniel Ben-Ami argues with professor of sustainable development, Tim Jackson against a culture of limits. To tackle poverty he explains, we need more growth not less.  We are living longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives than ever before – including billions of people in the poorer countries and economic progress has provided huge benefits for humanity.

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