Lycka genom tillväxt

Det finns de som förespråkar en ekonomi utan tillväxt eller med negativ tillväxt. Adam Smith gör i The Wealth of Nations följande observation:

It deserves to be remarked, perhaps, that it is in the progressive state, while the society is advancing to the further acquisition, rather than when it has acquired its full complement of riches, that the condition of the labouring poor, of the great body of the people, seems to be the happiest and the most comfortable. It is hard in the stationary, and miserable in the declining state. The progressive state is in reality the cheerful and the hearty state to all the different orders of the society. The stationary is dull; the declining melancholy.

Eftersträvar man lycka tycks tillväxt alltså vara bra; förespråkar man nolltillväxt eller negativ tillväxt väntar tristess respektive melankoli. En modern efterföljare till Adam Smith, professor Benjamin Friedman, framför liknande tankar i boken The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth.

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