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Growth is promoted by economists because they are paid by the financial industry (some indirectly). In a capitalist system people expect to get back more money than they put in when they invest. In truth there are only three ways this can happen: population growth, productivity growth and inflation. So economists need to promote growth otherwise capitalism wouldn't work.
I've tried to explore what a steady state economy would look like here:
Planning for a Steady State Economy
As I stated above, without population growth traditional investment won't work properly and therefore things like saving for retirement will have to be redesigned. Many pre-industrial societies existed without growth, so this not a new idea. As resources become limited people will have to take steps to limit growth or face catastrophe.
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