I’m both sympathetic to and skeptical of the ethos on display at Front Porch Republic. On the one hand, an ethics of limits is precisely one of the things we desperately need. On the other, FPRers evince a sometimes-disturbing nostalgia for an agrarian arcadia that never was and to which we wouldn’t want to return even if we could. They paradoxically pair it with a quasi-anarchic distrust of government that would only further the destruction of the local community life FPRers prize if it had its way.
That said, this essay clearly and convincingly lays out some of the major problems with our faith in limitless economic growth and the implications for both the well-being of the biosphere and the survival of human liberty.