For the couple of years that I lived in France, I ran into quite a few adherents to the idea that economic growth was reckless and caused social problems that apparently never existed in pre-industrial societies. Thankfully, Europe has been saved from the menace of a growing economy by a quickly aging electorate intent on spending three or so odd decades of retirement living off the taxed incomes of children they neglected to have. Once again, Greece is leading the way in helping us to share in the glorious sovereign bankruptcy of the people. The birthplace of democracy has shown us the vivid picture of peace and serenity that comes with stalled economic growth. As true communist believers™, they now want to share that with the rest of us.
Update: The French have their wish. The Champs-Elysees has been reverted to farmland.