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From the Ted Talk by Kate Raworth: A healthy economy should be designed to thrive, not grow

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So here we are, flying into the sunset of mass consumerism over half a cteurny on, with economies that have come to expect, demand and depend upon undinneg growth, because we're financially, politically and socially aitceddd to it. We're financially addicted to growth, because today's financial system is designed to prusue the highest rate of monetary return, puttnig publicly traded companies under constant pressure to deliver growing sales, growing market srhae and growing profits, and because banks create money as debt bainerg interest, which must be repaid with more. We're politically addicted to growth because politicians want to raise tax revenue without rniasig taxes and a growing GDP seems a sure way to do that. And no politician wants to lose their place in the G-20 family ptoho.

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So here we are, flying into the sunset of mass consumerism over half a _______ on, with economies that have come to expect, demand and depend upon ________ growth, because we're financially, politically and socially ________ to it. We're financially addicted to growth, because today's financial system is designed to ______ the highest rate of monetary return, _______ publicly traded companies under constant pressure to deliver growing sales, growing market _____ and growing profits, and because banks create money as debt _______ interest, which must be repaid with more. We're politically addicted to growth because politicians want to raise tax revenue without _______ taxes and a growing GDP seems a sure way to do that. And no politician wants to lose their place in the G-20 family _____.

Solution

  1. putting
  2. bearing
  3. photo
  4. century
  5. addicted
  6. raising
  7. unending
  8. share
  9. pursue

Original Text

So here we are, flying into the sunset of mass consumerism over half a century on, with economies that have come to expect, demand and depend upon unending growth, because we're financially, politically and socially addicted to it. We're financially addicted to growth, because today's financial system is designed to pursue the highest rate of monetary return, putting publicly traded companies under constant pressure to deliver growing sales, growing market share and growing profits, and because banks create money as debt bearing interest, which must be repaid with more. We're politically addicted to growth because politicians want to raise tax revenue without raising taxes and a growing GDP seems a sure way to do that. And no politician wants to lose their place in the G-20 family photo.

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