- Spingardi Marco
Introduction to the economic downturn
The theme of the "economic downturn" has risen to prominence only recently in the debate economic, political and social in relation to the issue of environmental and social sustainability of economic growth. The "paradigm of the economic downturn" directly and explicitly addresses the issue of compatibility between the operation of a civilization and the "biological space" available that is behind this operation, calling attention to the fact that unlimited economic growth (the constant pursuit of the increase "GDP") is not sustainable for the terrestrial ecosystem, in the light of a company, like today, deliberately oriented towards the maximization of economic growth and to the continuous increase of production and consumption, without ever questioning the nature and quality of production. The movement was formed - and that is being set up - around the lens of the economic downturn puts emphasis on the absence of any reference to the binding relationship which must exist between the economic and biophysical substrate - who, being by its very physically limited nature, makes untenable a socio-economic oriented infinite growth. This is the fundamental assumption from which the appeal takes the form of movement for the economic downturn, which expresses the urgent need for a radical to the direction suggested by the dominant ideology, indicating an alternative perspective with respect to different existing patterns of development that moves the lens from quantitative growth to qualitative development.