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Common Alternatives Academic Essay and Working Paper Series

Goal: This is a publication project by Common Alternatives Website. Peer-reviewed academic essays and working papers published by the members and associates of Common Alternatives Network and UON Alternative Futures Research Network will be shared through this RG projct site.

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S A Hamed Hosseini
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'Degrowth' is a globally emerging movement that criticizes the emphasis on economic growth within mainstream capitalist economies. Instead, degrowth calls for the shrinking of production and consumption within economies to mitigate the social and environmental impacts of climate change and natural resource depletion. This paper draws on a growing literature on the movement to examine its capacities as a prefigurative and sustainable alternative to capitalist economies. It explores the theoretical and practical principles that underpin the degrowth movement and examines the strengths and weaknesses of their key arguments. The degrowth ideas can hardly become fully realized within the capitalist framework since this requires significant structural shifts in the way capital operates, a growing wealth of degrowth activism, research, and experiments provide a foundation for continuing transformative mobilization. Although the movement still lacks strong global focus and feasibility, it shows significant potentialities to consolidate the seemingly disparate post-capital movements within and between the global North and global South.
Degrowth is a globally emerging movement that criticizes the emphasis on economic growth within mainstream capitalist economies. Instead, degrowth calls for the shrinking of production and consumption within economies to mitigate the social and environmental impacts of climate change and natural resource depletion. This paper draws on a growing literature on the movement to examine its capacities as a prefigurative and sustainable alternative to capitalist economies. It explores the theoretical and practical principles that underpin the degrowth movement and examines the strengths and weaknesses of their key arguments. The degrowth ideas can hardly become fully realized within the capitalist framework since this requires significant structural shifts in the way capital operates, a growing wealth of degrowth activism, research, and experiments provide a foundation for continuing transformative mobilization. Although the movement still lacks strong global focus and feasibility, it shows significant potentialities to consolidate the seemingly disparate post-capital movements within and between the global North and global South.
S A Hamed Hosseini
added 2 research items
Universal Basic Income (UBI) appears to offer some potential solutions in relation to the capitalist induced social inequalities within contemporary society. This paper discusses the core values and objectives of a UBI and compares them with the values of neoliberal capitalism. The paper also examines UBI’s strengths and weaknesses, proposing and opposing arguments, and inspects instances where UBI programs have been implemented or tested previously. As a result of this, the paper finally proposes an answer to whether a UBI would be a sufficient standalone alternative in subduing the ills of neoliberal capitalism, or if it would need a necessary set of complimentary alternatives in order to effectively contribute to a post-capitalist society.
Universal Basic Income (UBI) appears to offer some potential solutions in relation to the capitalist induced social inequalities within contemporary society. This paper discusses the core values and objectives of a UBI and compares them with the values of neoliberal capitalism. The paper also examines UBI’s strengths and weaknesses, proposing and opposing arguments, and inspects instances where UBI programs have been implemented or tested previously. As a result of this, the paper finally proposes an answer to whether a UBI would be a sufficient standalone alternative in subduing the ills of neoliberal capitalism, or if it would need a necessary set of complimentary alternatives in order to effectively contribute to a post-capitalist society.
S A Hamed Hosseini
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This is a publication project by Common Alternatives Website. Peer-reviewed academic essays and working papers published by the members and associates of Common Alternatives Network and UON Alternative Futures Research Network will be shared through this RG projct site.