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A Doughnut Economy Please-But Hold the Agnostic Frosting

Posted On: May 6, 2021   |   Posted By: Steady State

A Doughnut Economy Please-But Hold the Agnostic Frosting

By Brian Czech
When cooking up sustainability, recipe books should include Doughnut Economics. , Credit: Andrew Huff )
Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth, which I gobbled up last week, was tentatively in my top 5 economics pastries before I bit down on Chapter 7. Now it's “merely” in the baker's dozen-top 10 even-along with classics such as Small is Beautiful , the Diseconomics of Growth , and more than one Herman Daly title on the pantry shelf. I know you're hungry for the answer to what grated my teeth at Chapter 7, so grab a cup and pull up your chair.
Chapter 7 is called “Be Agnostic About Growth,” with a small-lettered subtitle, “from growth addicted to growth agnostic.” What a surprise it was-all this agnosticism-given the warnings about overgrowth baked into the preceding pages! For steady staters who advocate striving for the right-sized economy, Chapter 7 is hard to swallow.
Why, then, would Doughnut Economics still be in the top 10? Let's start with that, because we...

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