You can’t stabilize a system by maximizing an unbounded quantity, anyway.
World Bank, with Stiglitz and Sachs, are now promoting alternative measures, valuing conserved natural capital rather than just turnover measure of GDP – see “Moving beyond GDP” at http://www.wavespartnership.org/waves/ . We wait and see whether they take this further than greenwash level. Or if they can at least come up with a decent song or cartoon.
How (?) great minds (maybe) think alike (stolen from RC comment):