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35831 YuNoHa HoDe 243 Indeed, it may not be wrong

Q

TO CALL THE BELIEF IN ECONOMIC GROWTH A RELIGION,
BECAUSE IT NOW PURPORTS TO SOLVE MANY, IF NOT MOST, OF OUR ETHICAL DILEMMAS?
Since economic growth is allegedly the source of all good things, it encourages people to bury their ethical
disagreements and adopt whichever cause of action maximises long-term growth! Thus Modi's India is home
to thousands of sects, parties, movements and gurus, yet though their ultimate aims may differ, they all have
to pass through the same bottleneck of economic growth, so why not pull together in the meantime?

The credo of 'more stuff' accordingly urges individuals, firms & governments to disregard anything that might
hamper economic growth, such as preserving social equality, ensuring ecological harmony or honouring one's
parents! In the USSR, the Soviet leadership thought that state-controlled communism was the fastest way to
grow, hence anything that stood in the way of collectivisation was bulldozed, including millions of kulaks, the
freedom of expression and the Aral Sea?! Nowadays it is generally accepted that some version of free-market
capitalism is a much more efficient way of ensuring long-term growth, hence countless greedy tycoons, richer
farmers & a bit more 'freedom' of expression are 'protected', but ecological habitats, social structures & some
traditional values that stand in the way that stand in the way of free-market capitalism are dismantled and
being destroyed!