The Netherlands is in the throes of its third recession in succession, according to the figures published by Dutch Central Bureau for Statistics.
Back in 1973, British economist Ernst Friedrich Schumacher wrote a book called Small is beautiful. Keep it small, he said, one year after the report by the Club of Rome, now forty years ago. And since then no economist has been able to explain to me what is wrong with the ideas expressed in these studies.
In the past few weeks I have kept waking up with fragments of a dream in my mind. Always the same dream. I am a soldier standing guard at the gate of a city. On the plain outside the city walls I can make out a giant wooden horse with a group of citizens milling around it. They are trying with all their might to drag the outsized object into the city. There are letters written on the horse's flanks but I can't read them. Until today when I suddenly make out the word: growth.