Dwarkesh Patel surveys one angle of that debate in this short post, and also here.  More commonly, from EA types I increasingly hear the argument that if an economy grows at [fill in the blank] percent for so many thousands of years, at some point it becomes so massively large relative to the galaxy that it has to stop growing.  It is then concluded that economic growth is not so important, because all it does is help us arrive on the final frontier sooner, and be stuck there, rather than increasing net human well-being over time.  (Then often one hears the follow-up claim that existential risk should be prioritized over growth.)

I am not persuaded by that argument, and here are a few points in response:

1. Growth may involve dematerialization and greater energy efficiency, rather than eating up the galaxy’s resources.  Much of modern growth already has taken this

Keep reading this article on Marginal Revolution.

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