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Utopia/Limits of Growth/Meadows: as a solution to the problem of collapse through exponential growth (see Model/Meadows), Meadows' team introduced a global balance(1): growth constraints were built into the model: the computer model steered towards a global balance when skillful use of technologies could be improved to an optimal level without previous shrinkage processes of population, industrial and food production sizes.
Problem: this could only be achieved with restrictions on freedom and authoritarian measures such as restricting the number of children or the consumption of raw materials.
Solution/Meadows: The authors had a future world in mind in which people had covered their basic needs and left plenty of free time for them to take care of immaterial values such as education and research, the practice of music, religion and sport and the cultivation of social contacts (1).
1. Donella H. Meadows/Dennis L. Meadows/Jørgen Randers/William W. Behrens III, The Limits to Growth. A Report for the Club of Rome’s Project on the Predicament of Mankind, New York 1972. Dt.: Dennis Meadows/Donella Meadows/Erich Zahn/Peter Milling, Die Grenzen des Wachstums. Bericht des Club of Rome zur Lage der Menschheit, Stuttgart 1972, p. 157.
Patrick Kupper, „Dennis Meadows u. a., Die Grenzen des Wachstums“ in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018_____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Dennis L. Meadows
Dynamics of Growth in a Finite World Cambridge 1973
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018