Growth Fetish

  • Title: Growth Fetish
  • Author: Clive Hamilton
  • ISBN: 9780745322506
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Paperback
  • Growth Fetish At last a coherent new set of ideas for critics of economic rationalism and globalisation Hamilton argues that an obsession with economic growth lies at the heart of our current political social and
    At last a coherent new set of ideas for critics of economic rationalism and globalisation Hamilton argues that an obsession with economic growth lies at the heart of our current political, social and environmental ills and offers a thought provoking alternative Right on target, and badly needed Noam Chomsky Every now and then a book that is perfect in timing and toneAt last a coherent new set of ideas for critics of economic rationalism and globalisation Hamilton argues that an obsession with economic growth lies at the heart of our current political, social and environmental ills and offers a thought provoking alternative Right on target, and badly needed Noam Chomsky Every now and then a book that is perfect in timing and tone hits my desk Growth Fetish is that book It is powerful and potentially transformative Rev Tim Costello This book reveals the undelivered reality of economic growth and the hollow mantras of the Third Way Growth Fetish provides a much needed road map to a new politics in a post growth world Senator Natasha Stott DespojaFor decades our political leaders and opinion makers have touted higher incomes as the way to a better future Economic growth means better lives for us all.But after many years of sustained economic growth and increased personal incomes we must confront an awful fact we aren t any happier This is the great contradiction of modern politics.In this provocative new book, Clive Hamilton argues that, far from being the answer to our problems, growth fetishism and the marketing society lie at the heart of our social ills They have corrupted our social priorities and political structures, and have created a profound sense of alienation among young and old.Growth Fetish is the first serious attempt at a politics of change for rich countries dominated by the sicknesses of affluence, where the real yearning is not for money but for authentic identity, and where the future lies in a new relationship with the natural environment.

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    About Clive Hamilton


    1. Clive Hamilton AM FRSA is an Australian public intellectual and Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics and the Vice Chancellor s Chair in Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University He is a member of the Board of the Climate Change Authority of the Australian Government, and is the Founder and former Executive Director of The Australia Institute He regularly appears in the Australian media and contributes to public policy debates Hamilton was granted the award of Member of the Order of Australia on 8 June 2009 for service to public debate and policy development, particularly in the fields of climate change, sustainability and societal trends From.


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    1. I found this book satisfying for a number of reasons. Firstly, it was lucidly written and clearly explained, with the structure but not the jargon of academia. An excellent combination. Secondly, it brought together a great many thoughts I’d seen articulated elsewhere and/or thought myself in a cohesive whole. Thirdly, I agreed with basically everything in it. The discussions of feminism could have been more nuanced, otherwise I think Hamilton got it right. It is incredibly unusual for a book [...]

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    2. Agree almost entirely with the thesis of this robin. The pursuit of economic growth by governments and the public's blind pursuit of happiness via consumption is a grave problem that will need to be reformed if our species is to carry on a meaningful existence. Only gave it three stars because it is at times repetitive and often very dry.

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    3. Very convincing in his argument for the personal and social benefits of simplifying life, but does not address the larger question of how we are to achieve a scaled-down society without creating a lot of problems in the meantime. It is, perhaps, significant that the author is Australian and thus does not have to deal with the US problem of health care being tied to a 40-hour/week job with a large corporation. Personal fulfillment in the USA is a luxury open only to those with the financial abili [...]

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    4. A seminal work in building the movement toward a truly sustainable world of post-growth, steady-state economy, and the rejection of rampant-consumer capitalism and instrumentalist vision of the natural world.

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    5. I really wanted to like this book and found it to be very good at giving an overall critique of the consumerist, growth oriented society that virtual the entire globe is building. However, I agree with some of the other readers that the evidence presented in the book does not do a particularly good job at supporting the arguments made within. I already agreed with much of the overall thesis of the book and found many of the insights thought provoking and worth further investigation, but I am afr [...]

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    6. This book is essential reading for those of us wondering if the world is getting crazier or if we are becoming curmudgeons as we enter our middle age

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    7. I found reading this book a disturbing experience. Not because it revealed things I was unaware of, but because it limits the things I am aware of within a frame of language and persisting divisions which are unhelpful to bring about the required insight to lead to effective change.What disturbs me is that the intelligence and energy required to bring about such change, or at least play a large part within it, seems to be wasted in so many inappropriate or inadequate studies and analyses.There i [...]

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    8. 27th book for 2016.I was quite disappointed with this book. There are certainly some interesting ideas here, but most seem pretty woolly. The book conflates 'growth' and 'consumption'. While a growth society may imply ever greater consumption; a set-state economy doesn't imply that consumer consumption should cease or for that matter that it is bad. Just from a practical point of view it would be far easier to convince people of the virtues of a post-growth economy if at the same time you don't [...]

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    9. Across the mainstream political spectrum, from "liberal" to "conservative", by Republicans and Democrats, it is accepted without question that "growth" (economic growth) is a good, indeed that it is *the* good - the measure of the success of a social or political system. Clive Hamilton dares to question, and indeed dismantle, this assumption in "Growth Fetish". Not only will endless "growth" inevitably collide with the constraints of a finite world; Hamilton adduces evidence that it has not been [...]

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    10. This is an extremely important book that I think everyone should read. The first 4 chapters provide a very effective demolition of the current capitalist-consumerist growth obsession that pervades every inch of our lives. The book as a whole is highly readable, insightful and engaging. There's very little here that I don't agree with or does not make sense to me apart from some of the feminism discussion which could have been more nuanced I feel.I only gave it 4 stars because I feel at times Ham [...]

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    11. In my view this is a must read for all those climate change deniers out there.Check out my full review at OurBookClub

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    12. Put the review up on hubpages herehubpages/hub/Growth-Fetish

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