In looking at the inflationary effects of so many people staying out of work on unemployment, I’d completely forgotten about this short post from 1 June 2019, “Leftism in a Nutshell.” The post looks at the “degrowth movement,” a movement that sought “to intentionally shrink the economy to address climate change.”
Well, the degrowth movement—which I have not heard of since 2019—had the chance to try out their deranged economic experiment in 2020 during The Age of The Virus. It turns out that fewer people working doesn’t mean “not as many brands at the grocery store”; it just means less of everything, and it’s all more expensive!
I’m not opposed to some personal minimalism. Despite my love for miscellaneous bric-a-brac, I appreciate living beneath my means and cutting down on spending (I’m only a spendthrift at Universal Studios). But re-reading the Vice article about the degrowth movement makes me think it’s just a flimsy intellectual excuse for laziness.
That is, after all, Leftism in a nutshell: always the grasshopper, never the ant.
Here is 1 June 2019’s “Leftism in a Nutshell“: