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Consumption Presumption: Are Human Beings Destroying the World?

On the surface, the argument put forward by anticapitalist, antigrowth critics sounds plausible:

The planet has limited resources, so the human population cannot keep growing.

  • Rainer Zitelmann
  • The National Interest

Some people claim that we need to cut our consumption or there will be no hope for the planet.

Such claims are based on the thesis that continued growth increases the rate at which the earth’s finite resources are consumed and, moreover, leads to irreversible climate change.

And such warnings are by no means new.

In 1970, for instance, the Club of Rome attracted a great deal of attention with the…

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