Capitalism: Can We Prosper Without Growth? – Qurated

It’s a good question, one that was probed and debated Wednesday evening in the latest edition of the Doha Debates held at NU-Q. Three experts took to the stage to speak about the future and feasibility of a model of economic growth in a world of depleting resources, massive carbon footprint, and increasing wealth disparity.

The capitalism debate is hardly cordoned off to activists and wonks. There’s an urgency to the question that has animated an urgent public discourse. Here are five articles about capitalism and future growth by the panelists (and others!) that you can curl up to for your bedtime reading:

  1. Anand Giridharadas: ‘What wealthy people do is rig the discourse’ by Christopher Petrella

Christopher Petrella interviews (Q&A style) Anand Giridharadas about his bestselling book: Winners Take All, ruling class philanthropy and various different ideas of capitalism in relation to people in power.

  1. Is it time for a post-growth economy? by Jason Hickel

Jason Hickel writes for Al Jazeera about how the growth-based economic model that the world has adopted has created environmental problems around the world. In this opinion piece, he discusses how growth is a myth and what a post-growth economy may look like.

  1. We Can’t Beat Climate Change Under Capitalism. Socialism Is the Only Way. by Ashley Dawson

Ashley Dawson, a Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities at the Princeton Environmental Institute, addresses climate change and the impact capitalism has on the environment. His solution to this complex problem: Socialism.

  1. Capitalism Is Working in the U.S. by Matthew A. Winkler

Editor-in-chief emeritus of Bloomberg News explains how a growth-based economic model and capitalism are working in the United States. Using Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk as his prime examples, Winkler justified the American Dream.

  1. Progressive Capitalism Is Not an Oxymoron by Joseph E. Stiglitz

Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in Economics addresses the historical cycle of inequality that the world has descended into. He also addresses how progressivism and capitalism can  work hand-in-hand to create a better economic and social standard for all.


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