Skip to main content
Manifesto for a Post-Growth Economy

Manifesto for a Post-Growth Economy

Gus Speth

Gus Speth

Co-chair of The Next System Project more

Money & Banking Environment & Energy

Distinguished fellow and co-chair of the Next System Project Gus Speth creates a manifesto on post-growth prosperity in this excerpt adapted from his book America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy and published on CommonDreams. Speth discusses growth, the current system’s downfalls, and possible alternative policies that would slow GDP growth in order to help the environment while also improving overall society. He focuses on the need for work-time reduction while maintaining a certain level of growth in necessary areas of the economy.

It is time for America to move to a post-growth society, where working life, the natural environment, our communities and families, and the public sector are no longer sacrificed for the sake of mere GDP growth; where the illusory promises of ever-more growth no longer provide an excuse for neglecting our country’s compelling social needs; and where true citizen democracy is no longer held hostage to the growth imperative.

Read the full article at CommonDreams.

Gus Speth

Gus Speth

Co-chair of The Next System Project more

More related work

Johanna Bozuwa on The Real News Network

The case for nationalizing the fossil fuel industry

In this two-part interview on The Real News Network, Johanna Bozuwa, co-manager of the Next System Project’s climate and energy program, explains why replacing the investor-owned fossil fuel industry with democratically owned energy utilities is essential to addressing the climate crisis. read more
Tools are hung on a wall of a workshop with different colors overlapping over them.

Election-year debate: “Wish-list economics” or necessary transformation?

The Democracy Collaborative weighs in on “wish-list economics,” making the case that in the face of extreme crises radical solutions are practical solutions. read more
Bank of North Dakota

Celebrating 100 years of public banking

As it celebrates its centennial, activists are looking to the Bank of North Dakota as an example of how to regain democratic control over finance, and in the process confront a myriad of pressing problems, from the climate crisis to gentrification. read more