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Saturday August 18th 2012    Tim Candler

     I wonder what actually happens when an economy does not grow.  And I wonder whether growth is an assumption measured by Gross Domestic Product.  And I wonder why growth is indeed measured by Gross Domestic Product.  And I wonder why the political class  is so dedicated to the promise of increase.

      It's easy to say that in our species imagination has hit a brick wall.  It's easier to say there is no measuring happiness, or contentment, or joy, or success, or dreams except through Gross Domestic Product.  And even easier to wander through the meanings of 'Gross Domestic Product' and come away feeling vaguely ashamed, depressed and otherwise emotional..  

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