Serge Latouche argues that we need to rethink from the veryfoundations the idea that our societies should be based on growth.He offers a radical alternative - a society of'de-growth'. De-growth is not the same thing asnegative growth. We should be talking about 'a-growth', in the sense in which we speak of 'a-theism'. And we doindeed have to abandon a faith or religion - that of theeconomy, progress and development--and reject the irrationaland quasi-idolatrous cult of growth for growth's sake.
While many realize that that the never-ending pursuit of growthis incompatible with a finite planet, we have yet to come to termswith the implications of this - the need to produce less andconsume less. But if we do not change course, we are heading for anecological and human disaster. There is still time to imagine, quite calmly, a system based upon a different logic, and to planfor a 'de-growth society'.