My wife bought me a dual subscription of the Guardian Weekly and Le Monde Diplomatique in English. I was shocked to find a small acedemic movement forming in France that is for zero growth or de-growth.
Essentially these economists argue that growth is not necessary to maintain our standard of living (and in the west that hasn’t significantly improved for most of us since the '70’s). Also, zero growth or de-growth would slow or maybe reverse our negative environmental impact as socieities.
The best of the two articles I read is here:
but it’s unfortunately for subscribers. Another good article is here:
Thoughts from a design perspective?