No 2146 Posted by fw, January 17, 2018
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In this, Section 8, the short, final section of Chapter 10, ecological economist Tim Jackson waxes eloquent about the promise of a governance for prosperity in a much-to-be-desired progressive State.
“[The] conflicted state is, in large part, a casualty of the growth dilemma. And in rescuing the economy from that dilemma, government stands a chance, at least, of rescuing itself.”
Jackson’s Chapter 10 has unveiled an ambitious role for the “progressive State.” He acclaims its defining attributes in these words: “attentive both to changing social conditions and to the underlying needs of its citizens; collaborates actively in the design of the good life; is inclusive and considerate; invests vigorously in the common good; is entrepreneurial and innovative.”
In essence, “The progressive State is dynamic, progressive and charismatic.”
For a progressive state to exist at all, much less thrive, it must escape the iron cage of relentless consumer-driven economic growth. Once unburdened, citizens will reap the benefits of a new prosperity, a prosperity without growth:
“In short,” concludes Jackson, “the progressive State is not just the instrumental means for ensuring social and economic stability in a low-growth environment. It is the basis for a renewed vision of governance. It is the foundation for a lasting prosperity.”