Can Economic Growth Continue Indefinitely?


Yes, but only when we tie the definition of economic growth to the merit of renewable evolutionary progress and strengthening, rather than our bronze-age enslavement to wealth creation.

Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of a cancer cell. — Edward Abbey

The pursuit of wealth creation may make one person (or an oligarchic collection of people) the richest in the cemetery; it offers very little renewable value to the evolution of mankind. Wealth creation is, therefore, not the cause nor the indicator of economic prosperity, it can at best be a consequence.

So yes, when we assign economic growth to the evolution of humanity, we can grow “indefinitely” until nature’s entropy puts the smackdown on us.


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Georges van Hoegaerden
Georges van Hoegaerden
Georges is the Founder and Managing Director of method41. From analyzing the workings of policy, capital, and innovation, Georges noticed how these siloed constructs are woefully incompatible with the principles nature deploys to produce regenerative performance. With humanity stuck in a fabric of its own making, Georges set out to reinvent the operating-systems of humanity to fix the theory that determines what humanity can discover, aiming to fundamentally improve human adaptability to nature's entropy.
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