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End-Of-Growth Radicalism And The Perils Of Merkel’s “Protestant” Economics

Op-Ed: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, daughter of a Lutheran pastor, thinks Europe should save its way out of the current crisis. What the continent should do instead is grow its way to prosperity, even if that means passing along some debt to the next

Alan Posener

BERLIN -- There is more than just a kernel of hostility to consumption and growth in the fiscal radicalism of Angela Merkel, a vicar's daughter. Her policy takes one back to the early days of green fundamentalists. Who doesn't have unpleasant memories of their sermons urging repentance, their preaching about polluting the Earth if you used electricity, killing trees if you drove a car, and abetting trash dumps and climate change if you weren't against industry?

For these doomsday prophets, the Club of Rome's 1972 "The Limits to Growth" serves as a type of Holy Scripture. The hair-shirt crowd responsible for the text seemed to take a perverse pleasure in painting the end of a world that "we just have on loan from our kids." The mostly well-heeled wearers of home-knit socks thought asceticism would heal the planet.

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Urban Indigenous: How Peru's Shipibo-Conibo Keep Amazon Culture Alive In The City

For four years, indigenous photographer David Díaz Gonzales has documented the lives and movements of his Shipibo-Conibo community, as many of them migrated from their native Peruvian Amazon to the city. A work of remembrance and resistance.

For Shipibo-Conibo women, sporting a fringe is usually a sign of celebration or ceremony.

Rosa Chávez Yacila

YARINACOCHA — It was decades ago when the Shipibo-Conibo left their settlements along the banks of the Ucayali River, in eastern Peru, to begin a great migration to the cities. Still among the largest Amazonian communities in Peru — 32,964 according to the Ministry of Culture — though most Shipibo-Conibo now live in the urban district of Yarinacocha.

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