Posted 20 February 2010 - 02:40 PM
I don't think that's possible. Capitalism builds on consuming. The idea is to consume yourself into wealth. It also builds on infinite resources. If you look at economists worrying they will look at the Gross domestic product (GDP). All countries expect that to grow, every year :) And if it doesn't. Well then there is a downward trend in the 'economy'. As Earth isn't introduced to this kind of thinking it still percieves itself to be a finite planet, with just so much resources like oil, methane (natural gas), gold, fertile land etc. But we all hope our sweet little planet will wake up, any day now, and realize the potential in cloning itself.
As for why China grows? Very cheap labor, no care for the individual (labor force), no care for polluting, lots of investment from Westerners, 'lending' their patents and way of manufacture China fast create 'new sales' increasing their 'growth potential'. As for if that make China a 'rich country' . Nope, lots of people 'fighting for survival' on a limited area with limited resources, and the 'riches' in form of 'paper squares' called money will only be concentrated at a few very rich persons, very like Russia. A lot of countries are increasing their gold reserves recently, even though gold quickly have raised in 'value'. Wanna guess why?