GDP and the Idolatry of Growth

Source: CounterPunch
by David S D’Amato

“The notion of progress is one of the most pernicious delusions of our time. It is a notion which has been foisted on us by the machine age, a notion which has been implanted in us by the servants of the capitalist system who lead us to believe that the speed with which things are produced and the amount of things produced are synonymous with human well-being. The relationship between GDP growth and progress is itself a subject of some debate. Progress has no fixed meaning and no platonic form; its many meanings are subjective, human-determined, and mutable. The version of progress we know today is part of a broader meta-ideological suite associated with modernity.” (05/25/23)