The post growth / post capitalism library

Matan Rudis
2 min readDec 3, 2023

I became interested in post-growth and post-capitalism ideas as I was digging deeper into the economic roots of climate crisis. Most of us grew up in a capitalistic world and might consider it as the only possible economic system, and yet to keep ourselves and our children from burning, starving, sinking (et merda), many capitalists begin to challenge capitalism and explore other economic concepts, from eco-socialism and environmental Marxism, to degrowth and regenerative economics.

The theory around post-growth is growing very fast and becomes more diverse and nuanced. I am confident that capitalism as it is today is not sustainable and will surely lead us to catastrophes, but I haven’t made up my mind yet what alternative fits my values and has the biggest chances to work. I will share more thoughts about my personal considerations but for the time being, here are some resources for those brave enough to imagine a different future.

P.S. — at a second glance this list looks not diverse enough and leans towards degrowth more than other theories, and is dominated by men authors. If you have some good suggestions please add them in the comments below, and I promise I’ll read them!

Books

Degrowth

  • Degrowth, Giorgos Kallis (2018) [Amazon]
  • The Case for Degrowth, Kallis, Paulson, D’Alisa, Demaria (2020) [Amazon]
  • Less is More, Jason Hickel (2020) [Amazon]
  • The Barcelona School of Ecological Economics and Political Economy [free on Springer]

Post-growth

  • Post Growth for an Alternative Hedonism, Kate Soper [Amazon]
  • Post Growth: Life After Capitalism, Tim Jackson [Amazon]

Marx et al.

  • Climate Change as Class War, Matt Huber [Amazon]
  • Marx in the Anthropocene: Towards the Idea of Degrowth Communism, Kohei Saito [Amazon]

Capitalism & values

  • Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism, Maria Mazzucato [Amazon]
  • Value(s), Mark Carney [Amazon]
  • The Value of a Whale: On The Illusions of Green Capitalism, Adrienne Buller [Amazon]
  • Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist, Kate Raworth [Amazon]

Magazines & Publications

  • Degrowth Journal [digital]
  • World Development [Elsevier]
  • Southern thought, islandness and real-existing degrowth in the Mediterranean, Kallis [Elsevier]

Organizations & Events

  • Research & Degrowth [site]
  • Beyond Growth EU [site]

Podcasts

Twitter lists

  • My climate list has some interesting voices — but not only on post capitalism/growth: list
  • A good list focusing on de/post-growh: list

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Matan Rudis

Climate action, minus the hot air. Climate strategy & more at rudis.earth | Kayaks | Israeli in New York | Twitter: @MatanRudis