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The Future is Degrowth (Paperback, 2022, Verso) No rating

Economic growth isn’t working, and it cannot be made to work. Offering a counter-history of …

Today, human-made stuff equal to each person's body weight is produced every single week for everyone alive globally. This 'anthropogenic mass', which at the beginning of the twentieth century accounted for only about 3 per cent of all biomass (all the trees, shrubs, other plants, animal bodies, and so on) on Earth, surpassed the overall biomass around the year 2020. The mass of produced plastics alone is double the mass of all the terrestrial and marine animals, including the bodies of humans.

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The Future is Degrowth (Paperback, 2022, Verso) No rating

Economic growth isn’t working, and it cannot be made to work. Offering a counter-history of …

The growth paradigm has played a key role in transforming the social discourse on how to distribute wealth: from a zero-sum game in which a fixed amount is distributed (so what some win, others lose), to a seemingly positive-sum game in which everyone benefits from the growing economic product and therefore has a common interest in economic growth. Growth promised to turn difficult political conflicts over distribution into technical, non-political management questions of how to collectively increase GDP -- an ideology that only partially reflected reality within the capitalist core during the 'golden age', and much less so from a global socio-metabolic perspective.

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Introducing a New Economics (Paperback, 2018, Pluto Press) No rating

Perhaps I should have expected this, given that it's pitched as an alternative economics textbook, but this is really pretty basic. If your previous reading has already made you familiar with, say, the Gini coefficient and some of the criticisms of GDP, I'm not sure there's much for you here. If you've no familiarity with economics, this would probably be a good place to start as it's at least much more human than other economics textbooks -- no seeing actual people as subordinate to supply/demand curves.

Capitalist Realism (EBook, 2009, Zero Books) 4 stars

Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? explores Fisher's concept of "capitalist realism," which he takes …

Is it me? Is it Mark Fisher?

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This is the second book of Mark Fisher's that I've read (the other being "The Weird and the Eerie") where I have the feeling of the words washing over me, but just no idea of what's going on. I'll probably give it a re-read at some point, especially as it's so short, just to see what all the fuss is about, but I'm afraid this read pretty much made no impression.