Below I have posted the introduction to my new book of collected essays, Sufficiency Economy: Enough, for Everyone, Forever. This is the companion volume to Prosperous Descent:
A thoughtful and well-informed minority emphatically disagrees. Few have contributed more to this dissent than Herman E. Daly, widely regarded as the founding father of ecological economics. Born inDaly earned his B. From to he taught economics at Louisiana State University. He studied under the economist Nicholas Georgescu-Roegenwhose book The Entropy Law and the Economic Process explained the decisive economic importance of the second law of thermodynamics the entropy law in a closed system, the availability of useful energy always declines.
Georgescu-Roegen argued that the economic process transforms natural resources into waste -- that is, transforms matter-energy from a state of low entropy into a state of high entropy. Daly maintains that the economy is a subset of an ecosystem which is finite, non-growing, and materially closed i.
Resource finitude and the entropy law make perpetual economic growth impossible. Accordingly, we must abandon growth quantitative enlargement in favor of development qualitative improvementand of a "steady-state economy" which can be sustained long-term though not foreverin which population and capital stocks are constant, and throughput the flow of low-entropy matter and energy which is taken from the environment and transformed into high-entropy wastes is minimized.
One of his criticisms of the obsession with growth is that it enables society to evade tough questions about wealth redistribution and population control. Daly argues that society should set overall limits on the scale of economic activities and the distribution of incomes, but allow markets free play within those limits.
Thus he endorses, for example, population control through the system of tradeable birth licenses propounded by the economist Kenneth Boulding.
Sharply criticizing these failings, he is especially devastating about the "flat-earth" perspective of the late Julian Simon. The Economics of Biophysical Equilibrium and Moral Growthattacks the ideology of economic growth and argues that biophysical limits to growth make shifting to a steady-state economy imperative.
He describes a steady-state economy and offers proposals for creating and maintaining it. A second edition in adds many later essays and book reviews on growth and sustainability. Daly and Protestant theologian John B. The Economics of Sustainable Developmentwhich covers the theory of ecological economics, measures of sustainable economic output, sustainable development policy, population, international trade, pioneering thinkers in the economics of sustainable development, and the religious and ethical groundings of ecological economics.
A more recent collection of short articles and book reviews, Ecological Economics and the Ecology of Economicsmixes polemical but justified digs at flat-earth economics and critics of the environmental movement, sophisticated criticisms of mainstream economic growth theory, and searching reflections on human nature and the human purpose.
In addition, Daly edited three volumes of essays criticizing growth ideology and presenting central ideas in steady-state economics. Toward a Steady-State Economyhis first anthology, featuring essays by C.
Schumacher, Boulding, Garrett Hardin, and Georgescu-Roegen, addresses biophysical, social, and ethical constraints on growth and the political economy of the steady state.
Daly expanded it into Economics, Ecology, Ethics: Essays Toward a Steady-State Economywith additional essays by Georgescu-Roegen, Schumacher, Hardin, and Boulding, and more essays on limits, affluence, and energy use.
An introductory essay by Daly helpfully surveys the entire subject. Hopefully, Island Press, publishers of the second edition of Steady-State Economics, will bring it back.
Daly co-founded the scholarly journal Ecological Economics in and still serves as an associate editor. His thought is slowly attracting appreciative notice, and some honors have come his way. May he find the audience he deserves. About the author John Attarian, with a Ph.
He is a frequent contributor to The Social Contract.Introduction to “Sufficiency Economy” Below I have posted the introduction to my new book of collected essays, Sufficiency Economy: Enough, for Everyone, Forever. This is the companion volume to Prosperous Descent: Crisis as Opportunity in an Age of Limits, published earlier this year.
Introduction to “Sufficiency Economy” Below I have posted the introduction to my new book of collected essays, Sufficiency Economy: Enough, for Everyone, Forever. This is the companion volume to Prosperous Descent: Crisis as Opportunity in an Age of Limits, published earlier this year.
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