Percieved Solution is the Problem
Economic growth is considered by mainstream economists and most political parties as the solution to a variety of global problems. Economic growth is seen as the solution to poverty in both developed and developing countries, world hunger, over population, environmental degradation, and a range of social problems. This belief is pervasive, crossing ethnic, religious and political boundaries. As one of the most significant ideas embedded in our global culture, it is difficult for believers in the benefits of economic growth to even consider that with all its apparent benefits, the downside of growth has the potential for devastation and irreparable harm (see Causes of Scale Problems).