Brendan Keenan: The definition of progress is sometimes a matter of opinion
This is a good time to consider what is growth and how mere arithmetic has been turned into an ideal in itself
IT IS a fact that, if we could calculate its value, drug dealing would be added to GDP -- the figure which measures the total output of the economy.
Curious, but still a fact. Gross domestic product has no morals; it is mere arithmetic.
But has GDP become more than arithmetic, and turned into an ideal in itself? That is one thesis behind a new publication from Social Justice Ireland, the ginger group run by the indefatigable Fr Sean Healy and Sr Brigid Reynolds.