Debal Deb’s book excerpt (PDF) was added by Namjen, a former NEU staff researcher. It is common understanding among natural scientists that if development means unlimited growth in production and consumption of materials, sustainable development is an oxymoron. That’s because unending growth of anything in the universe is impossible except perhaps the universe itself. In ecological economic parlance, sustainable development implies ‘‘development without growth beyond environmental carrying capacity, where development means qualitative improvement, and growth means increase.’’ Development can be sustainable only in a zero-growth economy, which would improve the quality of everyone’s life, by ensuring conservation and the equitable distribution of natural resources. Read the Chapter: Development Against Freedom and Sustainability (23 pages) excerpted from Debal Deb’s Book, Capitalism Nature Socialism.
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