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Consumptionomics by Chandran Nair

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How might societies look?

Given this book’s emphasis on constraints, it is legitimate to ask what sort of societies we might see emerging if resource constraints were made the central concern of policy making. In particular, given the billions of people still living in poverty in Asia, would constraints mean people having to remain poor as part of the price of realizing sustainability?

The answer is no. The framework described in Chapter 5 would encourage societies to use fewer resources, and to concentrate on developing work that is more labour-intensive and labour value-adding than the consumption-driven model. Finally, the era where human inventiveness was directed at creating machines aimed at replacing human labour could be over, giving ...

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