In Pursuit of Economic Growth and large Families

By Alex Athanassakos

Current affairs, Environment & nature | Paperback, eBook


This book explores three questions: 1. Should equality, both globally as well as within a country, be part of the benchmarks we use to measure progress? And if “yes”, is it feasible to achieve it? 2. Will our progress continue forever? Is there a point in time when we can no longer afford the costs of our progress? Are population and economic growth “weapons of mass destruction” that will eventually make everyone worse off through their environmental impacts? 3. Since many of today’s environmental and economic problems require political solutions at the global level, what form of political organization is best suited to avoid lose-lose scenarios with respect to our unrelenting pursuit of progress? In today’s super-heated discussions about climate change many of the political, or otherwise, “solutions” appear to be addressing the symptoms of the problem rather than its causes. These “solutions” invariably aim to temporarily mask environmental problems caused by over-population and over-consumption through technological fixes. Isn’t time, then, that we stop fiddling around with temporary solutions and address the causes of environmental degradation head on?


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This book explores three questions: 1. Should equality, both globally as well as within a country, be part of the benchmarks we use to measure progress? And if “yes”, is it feasible to achieve it? 2. Will our progress continue forever? Is there a point in time when we can no longer afford the costs of our progress? Are population and economic growth “weapons of mass destruction” that will eventually make everyone worse off through their environmental impacts? 3. Since many of today’s environmental and economic problems require political solutions at the global level, what form of political organization is best suited to avoid lose-lose scenarios with respect to our unrelenting pursuit of progress? In today’s super-heated discussions about climate change many of the political, or otherwise,...


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Alex Athanassakos was born in Greece in 1952 and migrated to Toronto, Canada in 1978 where he presently lives. He obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from York University in 1982. He published his first book, "Our Travels with Alexander-Taking a year off in France", on Amazon in 2014, and his second, "On Democracy - A Novel", in July 2015.




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