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Debt, Disparity, Discipleship and the end of the growth imperative

Ray Foss

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Degrowth Conference Leipzig 2014


Abstract: Visions and strategies for transformation into economic sustainability are utterly dependent upon dynamics of the social order’s predominant value system. Shareable values require actionable HOLISM – the idea that both properties and functioning of the social system must be a viewed as wholes that cannot be fully understood in terms of their components. Paradigm shifts and progression toward ‘the better’ depends upon shared perception of foundational right future possibilities — because principles of holism, in succinct terms, consist of interplay between KNOWING and DOING and, especially, SEEING … the vision thing … which means economics and its handmaiden politics tend toward instabilities and injustice every time religion and social value principles are compromised institutionally, wherein consequences of compound interest seem to cause looming societal confluence of crises in both global sustainability and wealth disparity. Just imagine! Values. Conclusion: Unless usury is transformed according to God's Law, there can be no solution to the terrible scourge of unsustainability and inequity.

Keywords: usury, inequality, sustainability, compound_interest, Christianity

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