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Guardians of prosperity

In this video, Tim Jackson demonstrates the tricky position governments are in, and proposes to make the government "guardians of prosperity"

Government is in a difficult situation, as previously, social stability has depended on economic stability. This means that governments feel the need to pursue economic growth above all else.

However, Tim Jackson points out that this is quite a narrow way of understanding what government should do. He argues that we should change how we view governments, and make them guardians of prosperity in the broadest sense.

If governments stopped seeing economic growth as their main aim, and started seeing prosperity as their primary responsibility, what would this look like? What are some things that would be different to how they are today? Do you think any countries do this well already?

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