After years of living in abundance, many people crave minimalism and seek to live with less.
Economically, the global North is facing problems such as supply shortages, climate disasters and financial crises. Many people will have to do without a life of prosperity. That is why we are devoting this dossier to going without. What is superfluous? What can we have to do without?
The environmental activist Vandana Shiva calls for an end to waste and a culture of frugality. The photographer Antoine Bruy portrays dropouts and hermits, people who already live with less.
The author Adrienne Yabouza, on the other hand, describes the short-sightedness of this Western-influenced debate and points out that you have to be pretty well off to be able to afford to do without. In her home country, the Central African Republic, many people are busy simply trying to survive.
Discover the printed issue
In addition to our dossier “The limits of growth”, our I/2023 issue contained more reports, interviews and news items from around the world:
“Colonialism keeps going” A conversation with Abdulrazak Gurnah about his East African roots and life in Britain
“The blind spot” A shift to the right is sweeping through Sweden. Khashayar Naderehvandi reports from Malmö
“Resistance. A brief history of protests in Iran” By Maryam Amiri