Affluence Without Abundance: The Disappearing World of the Bushmen

Category: Africa
Author: James Suzman
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by spodek   2018-03-19
I recently finished reading Affluence Without Abundance, about bushmen in Southern Africa Their culture survived stably without growth for over 100,000 years. They enjoyed more leisure time with less work than us.

By contrast, in under 250 years since Adam Smith our culture's growth is trashing the planet in nearly every place we measure. The Growth Delusion develops and documents problems with growth further

Many times we make an advance like, say, anesthetics, growth leads to things like opioid epidemics.

You can live how you want, but you may want to reconsider what sounds like an unqualified faith in a pattern that may have worked when we had a lot of empty planet to expand into, but creates problems when we learn that we don't any more.

by spodek   2018-01-21
Just finished reading Affluence Without Abundance about bushmen who live in southern Africa.

It turns out people have lived in southern Africa for 200,000 years, hunting and gathering.

Westerners show up, run out of water in a couple hundred years, and call them "developing."

The book is an eye-opener.