Questioning Growth Can Make You Feel Like Captain Beefheart

September 22, 2011
Sami Grover
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TreeHugger

When Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band flew to Heathrow in 1968, they apparently told passport control that they were "pilgrims from the 25th Century", and had a hard time grasping the basic function of passport control. According to Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Movement, he felt much like this when asked to address a local planning meeting about one UK town's economic growth strategy. Despite tantalizing signs of a new economic paradigm emerging, and serious consideration being finally given to no growth or steady-state economics, it seems that many in power are not yet willing to give up on the notion of never-ending economic growth...

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