The Lost Innocence of Productivity

By Claus Peter Ortlieb:

So-called technical progress and the constant rise in productivity are regularly presented as a potential path to the good life and the solution to all the problems of humanity. Seeing as productivity has doubled in the last 30-40 years, meaning that for the same amount of time spent working twice the amount of goods are produced now than in the 1970s, it follows that we have since made great strides towards achieving a life of plenty. Of course any person who asserted this in the face of today’s simultaneous and mounting environmental, resource, economic and financial crises would be justly regarded as a dreamer. So something in the calculation and it’s promise isn’t right.

Where does the error lie?

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