Our economic policies are geared relentlessly towards increasing our standard measure of growth, Gross Domestic Product. By why are we living in such fractured times, with global populism on the rise and wealth inequality as stark as ever?
Join David Pilling, prize-winning journalist and author of The Growth Delusion in conversation with author and essayist Pankaj Mishra, as they explore how economists and their cult of growth have hijacked our policy-making and infiltrated our thinking about what makes societies work.
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In The Growth Delusion, a book that is simultaneously trenchant, thought-provoking and entertaining David Pilling argues that we need to measure our successes and failures using different criteria. While for economic growth, heroin consumption and prostitution are worth more than volunteer work or public services, in a rational world we would learn how to value what makes economies better, not just what makes them bigger. So much of what is important to our wellbeing, from clean air to safe streets and from steady jobs to sound minds, lies outside the purview of our standard measure of success. We prioritise growth maximisation without stopping to think about the costs.
In prose that cuts through the complex language so often wielded by a priesthood of economists, Pilling argues that our steadfast loyalty to growth is informing misguided policies and contributing to a rising mistrust of experts that is shaking the very foundations of our democracy.
"A most thoughtful and profound philosophical reflection on how we live our lives, organise our societies and shape the future of humanity. It should be compulsory reading for everyone who is interested in making the world a better place." Ha-Joon Chang, author of 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism.