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Degrowth Solutions: Half-Farmer, Half-X

The Status Quo is terrified of a world devoid of debt-serf “middle class” consumers.

by Charles Hugh Smith,

When people say they want solutions, they’re actually seeking only a specific kind of solution, one that leaves everything they have now intact but guarantees them more of something: more security, more healthcare, more education, more money, etc., but at no cost or inconvenience to themselves.

Anything that fits these parameters isn’t a solution; it’s magic. Magical thinking and magical fixes are endlessly appealing precisely because they don’t require us to change anything or work at anything outside our comfort zone.

In the real world, solutions change core values and processes. If they don’t, they’re not real solutions. Fake fixes come in various types: cosmetic band-aids, alleviation of the symptoms while the disease continues unchecked, public-relations relabeling of the problem so it appears to go away via semantic trickery, and so on.

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