When Growth Becomes a Supreme Good

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This is the fly in the ointment of free-market capitalism. It cannot ensure that profits are gained in a fair way, or distributed in a fair manner. On the contrary, the craving to increase profits and production blinds people to anything that might stand in the way. When growth becomes a supreme good, unrestricted by any other ethical considerations, it can easily lead to catastrophe.

From the Book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Harper Collins, 2015, ISBN 0062316095