maanantai 10. marraskuuta 2014

Ylioppilaslehti: Ei nouse

Toimittaja Oskari Onninen kirjoitti Ylioppilaslehteen hyvän ja ajankohtaisen jutun talouskasvunäkymistä ja -näkökulmista. Artikkeli selventää muun muassa uusklassisen ja jälkikeynesiläisen talousteorian eroja, eikä unohda kasvun tavoittelun ongelmiakaan.
”Jos meillä hyvinvointipalvelut on sidottu talouskasvuun, pitäisi laittaa maan parhaat voimat miettimään, miten siitä yhteydestä pääsisi eroon”, Järvensivu sanoo.

tiistai 28. lokakuuta 2014

Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything

Annoin tänään Helsingin Sanomissa ilmestyneessä kirja-arviossa vahvan lukusuosituksen Naomi Kleinin tuoreelle kirjalle This Change Everything (Tämä muuttaa kaiken).

Klein ei epäröi puhua degrowth'sta:
… when [climate scientist Kevin Anderson] presents his radical findings in climate circles, the core facts are rarely disputed. What he hears most often are confessions from colleagues that they have simply given up hope of meeting the 2 degree temperature target, precisely because reaching it would require such a profound challenge to economic growth. “This position is shared by many senior scientists and economists advising government,” Anderson reports.

In other words, changing the earth’s climate in ways that will be chaotic and disastrous is easier to accept than the prospect of changing the fundamental, growth-based, profit-seeking logic of capitalism. We probably shouldn’t be surprised that some climate scientists are a little spooked by the radical implications of their own research. Most of them were quietly measuring ice cores, running global climate models, and studying ocean acidification, only to discover, as Australian climate expert and author Clive Hamilton puts it, that in breaking the news of the depth of our collective climate failure, they “were unwittingly destabilizing the political and social order.”

Nonetheless, that order has now been destabilized, which means that the rest of us are going to have to quickly figure out how to turn “managed degrowth” into something that looks a lot less like the Great Depression and a lot more like what some innovative economic thinkers have taken to calling “The Great Transition.” (s. 89)