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Brocker I 556
Equilibrium/Growth/World Model/World3/Meadows: as a solution to the problem of collapse through exponential growth (see Model/Meadows), Meadows' team introduced a global equilibrium(1): growth constraints were built into the model: the computer model moved towards a global equilibrium 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. See Utopia/Meadows.
Solution: "It seems possible to change growth trends and to achieve an ecological and economic equilibrium that can be maintained in the future. It could be achieved in such a way that the material foundations of life for every human being on earth are
Brocker I 557
secured and that there is still room to use individual human abilities and achieve personal goals" (2).


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, chap 5, p. 141-164)
2. Ibid. p. 17


Patrick Kupper, „Dennis Meadows u. a., Die Grenzen des Wachstums“ in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018


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PolMeado I
Dennis L. Meadows
Dynamics of Growth in a Finite World Cambridge 1973

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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