Photo Gallery: The New Prophets of Less 05/02/2013
 For years, economists have posited that prosperity requires growth, with...
Thomas Langreder

For years, economists have posited that prosperity requires growth, with environmental damage as the regrettable but unavoidable consequence. A growing number of critics are now challenging this equation, though, calling for a radical revamping of the economic system. Berlin-based social psychologist Harald Welzer has just published "Selbst denken" ("Thinking for Ourselves"), a manual for phasing out the "totalitarian consumerism" that gives people desires that, until recently, they didn't even suspect they would ever have.