10 ways to increase economic growth

10 tips for increased economic growth:

When I questioned the usefulness and possibility of eternal economic growth in the 1970s with my economist friends, I was always told that there is no scientific correlation between economic growth and well-being. It was the politicians who had decided that this was the only way to measure progress in the absence of anything better, they explained.

And there we are still. Well, let me give you some foolproof tips for increasing growth, as long as the main thing is that money circulates as quickly as possible:

  1. Stimulate crime with burglary and fraud tips, bureaucracy instead of crime-fighting for the police, etc., so that locks, grilles, alarms, and surveillance technology sell better, as well as crowbars and balaclavas, while security companies, glaziers, and law firms get a boost.
  2. Abolish all quality controls on goods, so that they deteriorate faster and need to be replaced more frequently.
  3. Abolish the right of public access to land and encourage all landowners to charge for access to their land.
  4. Continue to find ways to create more stress and neuroses, so that pharmaceutical companies, comfort food manufacturers, and therapists thrive. Scare us more!
  5. Make sure people work more and harder, so that they don’t have time or energy to meet and create relationships. Lonely consumers are the best.
  6. Ban lending and sharing of tools and machines, so that everyone has to have their own odd thing that they use every third year.
  7. Stimulate fashion thinking and annual model strategies in more industries, because no one is satisfied with last year’s model, and turnover increases.
  8. Ban cooking at home, berry and mushroom picking, hunting, and vegetable gardening in the garden – force people to restaurants and shopping centers instead.
  9. Clear cut forests, dig up and release more greenhouse gases, so we get more floods to clean up and rebuild after, which requires a lot of work.
  10. Abolish speed limits on roads (will create a lot of economic activity, you know how).

So, what do we really want from all the things we spend more and more money on? Do we want economic growth at any cost? Can we dream of a nuanced growth debate?

Anders Erkéus