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A Critique of the Zero Growth Movement
BLUEPRINT FOR EXTINCTION

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The articles in this pamphlet originally appeared in New Solidarity and the Campaigner. This edition published July 1972.
Under "normal" conditions of capitalist development political democracy and liberalism are the norms of politics and social thought. Liberal ideology insists (among other things) that the answer to social ills lies in continued economic expansion. Today this notion finds itself under vigorous attack.

Indeed at first glance it does appear, superficially, that "economic growth" has produced the hydra of slums, pollution, crowding, resource depletion — in short, the much publicized and all too real "ecology crisis." A closer look reveals that actual economic stagnation rather than purported growth produced the present grim prospects.

Although GNP and capitalist profits have continued to accumulate almost unabated, the U.S. industrial production index indicates that industrial output has stagnated for the last four years at the 1968 lever. The capital goods production index, an even more sensitive indicator of real economic growth, is still below the 1967 leveL (The qualification must be made here that these figures are merely a conservative reflection of the real depths of stagnation since they include wasteful production such as the military sector; furthermore no consideration is given here to actual production requirements created merely through depreciation with respect to advanced technology.) Meanwhile cancerous, speculative expansion of all forms of credit. (the "growth") coincident with this stagnation of real productive output has created the conditions for a classic general breakdown crisis or depression.
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THE SHOCK DOCTRINE
The Rise Of Disaster Capitalism
Naomi Klein, 2001
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THREE DECADES OF ERASING AND REMAKING THE WORLD

Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw that the earth was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon the earth. And God said to Noah, "I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence because of them; now I am going to destroy them along with the earth." -Genesis 6:11 (NRSV)

Shock and Awe are actions that create fears, dangers, and destruction that are incomprehensible to the people at large, specific elements/sectors of the threat society, or the leadership. Nature in the form of tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, uncontrolled fires, famine, and disease can engender Shock and Awe.

—Shock and Awe: Achieving Rapid Dominance, the military doctrine for the U.S. war on Iraq
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