Consumer Hell

Monbiot, George
Date Written:  2010-01-04
Year Published:  2010
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX12140

The problem with gross domestic product is that there are no deductions involved: all economic activity is accounted as if it were of positive value. Social harm is added to, not subtracted from, social good. A train crash which generates £1bn worth of track repairs, medical bills and funeral costs is deemed by this measure as beneficial as an uninterrupted service which generates £1bn in ticket sales.

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