Below is a draft of a letter to an imaginary politician up for election later this year: Dear ______________ You are currently running for office as _____________________ in ____________________. As you know, we are living through economically tough times, and I hear a lot about how the economy can be brought back to stability and prosperity. However, have you ever considered that economic growth might actually not return? That we might have to build a societal infrastructure based on less? If so, what would be your plans to mitigate such a situation, to make sure that life can go on for your constituents in a future where "more each year" is no longer possible? Or alternatively, if you don't have any plans - are you 100 percent certain that growth and prosperity will ever return, and if so, why is it that you see no risk worth looking at? Pretend you're the candidate. How would you answer this question? The Oil Drum: Campfire | Dear Candidate - What Will You Do if Growth Is Over...? Follow-up questions: 1. Is there a reason why this kind of letter shouldn't be sent to real people who want our vote? 2a. Would a candidate addressing these issues/questions stand any chance of winning? 2b. If not, might such a candidate, even in a losing effort, influence the election issues and as a result positively impact transition efforts away from growth based economy?