Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World

Written by:
Jason Hickel
Narrated by:
Ben Crystal , Clifford Samuel

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2020
9 hours 5 minutes
Brought to you by Penguin.

The world has finally awoken to the reality of climate breakdown and ecological collapse. Now we must face up to its primary cause. Capitalism demands perpetual expansion, which is devastating the living world. There is only one solution that will lead to meaningful and immediate change: DEGROWTH.

If we want to have a shot at halting the crisis, we need to restore the balance. We need to change how we see nature and our place in it, shifting from a philosophy of domination and extraction to one that's rooted in reciprocity and regeneration. We need to evolve beyond the dogmas of capitalism to a new system that is fit for the twenty-first century. But what does such a society look like? What about jobs? What about health? What about progress?

This book tackles these questions and traces a clear pathway to a post-capitalist economy. An economy that's more just, more caring, and more fun. An economy that enables human flourishing while reversing ecological breakdown. An economy that will not only lift us out of our current crisis, but restore our sense of connection to a world that's brimming with life. By taking less, we can become more.

© Jason Hickel 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020
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Michael S.

Great read. Not only does it lay bare the issues of our past, it shows viable ideas for a path forward that is sustainable and that maintains individual liberties. Fantastic book for anyone trying to get a start on what to do about the problems of our modern age.

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Nicole P.

Read this after Noam Chomsky's "Consequences of Capitalism" and it was a perfect follow-up! Chomsky's was a bit headier and a touch more gloomy, and while this one doesn't skimp on any historical or academic insights, it also is a bit more digestible for me. Really think the two together helped solidify some of the concepts and context, and I appreciate the optimism and alternatives that Hickel went over.

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Mark B.

A real eye opener! Not only to the doom and gloom befalling the worlds economies right now, but also as to how we can fix those problems too…

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