continued existence depends on our ability to continue the progress we have

Continued existence depends on our ability to

This preview shows page 98 - 101 out of 451 pages.

continued existence depends on our ability to continue the progress we have been making at higher and higher levels . Systems, whether organizations, societies, or cells, have three basic directions in which to move. They can grow, decline, or temporarily reside in the state of equilibrium. These are the choices. Choosing any alternative to growth , for instance, stabilization of production/consumption through zero-growth policies, could have alarmingly pernicious side effects, including extinction. 98
Image of page 98
Reagan ST ‘09 Aff K Toolbox 2009 AT CAPITALISM: ECON DECLINE RISKS EXTINCTION Continued economic growth is key to human survival. Zey, 98 [Michael, executive director of the Expansionary Institute and professor at Montclair State University School of Business, Seizing the Future, p.34] However, no outside force guarantees the continued progress of the human species, nor does anything mandate that the human species must even continue to exist . In fact, history is littered with races and civilizations that have disappeared without a trace. So, too, could the human species. There is no guarantee that the human species will survive even if we posit, as many have, a special purpose to the species’ existence. Therefore, the species innately comprehends that it must engage in purposive actions in order to maintain its level of growth and progress. Humanity’s future is conditioned by what I call the Imperative of Growth , a principle I will herewith describe along with its several corollaries. The Imperative of Growth states that in order to survive , any nation, indeed, the human race, must grow, both materially and intellectually. The Macroindustrial Era represents growth in the areas of both technology and human development, a natural stage in the evolution of the species’ continued extension of its control over itself and its environment. Although 5 billion strong, our continued existence depends on our ability to continue the progress we have been making at higher and higher levels. Systems, whether organizations, societies, or cells, have three basic directions in which to move. They can grow, decline, or temporarily reside in a state of equilibrium. These are the choices. Choosing any alternative to growth, for instance, stabilization of production/consumption through zero-growth policies, could have alarmingly pernicious side effects, including extinction . 99
Image of page 99
Reagan ST ‘09 Aff K Toolbox 2009 AT CAPITALISM: ALT KILLS MILLIONS Socialism is inherently totalitarian—transitioning now would kill millions. Rockwell, 08 [Llewellyn, president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Everything You Love You Owe to Capitalism, 5/17, ] Whatever the specifics of the case in question, socialism always means overriding the free decisions of individuals and replacing that capacity for decision making with an overarching plan by the state. Taken far enough, this mode of thought won't just spell an end to opulent lunches. It will mean the end of what we all know as civilization itself. It would plunge us
Image of page 100
Image of page 101

You've reached the end of your free preview.

Want to read all 451 pages?

  • Spring '12
  • Weaver
  • Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, Martin Heidegger, Georges Bataille

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern

Stuck? We have tutors online 24/7 who can help you get unstuck.
A+ icon
Ask Expert Tutors You can ask You can ask You can ask (will expire )
Answers in as fast as 15 minutes