The Limits to Growth and the Limits to Freedom: Can Democracy Survive Depletion?

Sunday, October 23rd 2:30pm

Jim Merkel, Megan Bachman, & Erik Lindberg

We will look at the way curtailment, whether voluntary or forced, will challenge a democratic system that has been used for growth and imperial expansion and ever-increasing material accumulation.  We will then explore alternatives to a growth and consumption based political order, asking: how can we save democracy and freedom?  Is the building of a European-style social democracy that Bernie Sanders developed a possible beginning?  If not, what other alternatives might a sustainability activist pursue?