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Someone should tell Ehrenreich that the reason the economy needs to grow is that--in the immortal words of Kaspar Guttman in "The Maltese Falcon--"There are more of us to be taken care of now." In other words, the population is growing. If the economy doesn't grow, then lots of people can't find jobs, can't make money, can't live in their own homes and generally can't maintain our current standard of living.

Most of what she says is right on, but attacking economists for being fixated on growth is as wrong as attacking mothers for being fixated on their children's nutrition and health.