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The Profit Motive Is Crippling Humanity: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

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The US military has seven branches of service:

  • Army
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Marines
  • Coast Guard
  • Space Force
  • Mainstream Media

It’s hard to grasp just how badly humanity is handicapping itself by excluding all solutions that can’t generate a profit. There’s a whole vast spectrum of potential solutions to the troubles we face as a species, and we’re limiting ourselves to a very small, very shitty fraction of it. By limiting solutions to ones that are profitable, we’re omitting any which involve using less, consuming less, leaving resources in the ground, and leaving nature the fuck alone. We’re also shrinking the incentive to cure problems rather than offer expensive, ongoing treatments.

Or even a project as fundamental to our survival as getting all the pollution out of our oceans. The profit motive offers no solution because there’s no way to make a surplus of money from doing so, and in fact it would be very costly. So the pollution stays in our seas, year after year. People have come up with plenty of solutions for removing pollution from the sea, but they never get rolled out at the necessary scale because there’s no way to make it profitable. And people would come up with far more solutions if they knew those solutions could be implemented.

How many times have you had an awesome idea and gotten all excited about it, only to do the math and figure out that it’s unfeasible because wouldn’t be profitable? This is a very common experience, and it’s happening to ideas for potential solutions to our problems every day.

The profit motive system assumes the ecocidal premise of infinite growth on a finite world. Without that, the entire system collapses. So there are no solutions which involve not growing, manufacturing less, consuming less, not artificially driving up demand with advertising etc.

It’s hard to appreciate the significance of this artificial limitation when you’re inside it and lived your whole life under its rules. It’s like if we were only allowed to make things out of wood; if our whole civilization banned the entire spectrum of non-woodcraft innovation. Sure such a civilization would get very good at making wooden things, and would probably have some woodcrafting innovations that our civilization doesn’t have. But it would also be greatly developmentally stunted. That’s how badly we’re limiting ourselves with the profit motive model.

A lot of the “Great Reset” environmental chatter comes from the capitalist class flailing around trying to reconcile impossible contradictions baked into capitalism like the premise of infinite growth on a finite world and the fact that there’s no way for saving the environment to be profitable. So they’re planning all these new models which won’t do anything to save the environment, but will yield massive profits.

Anyone accusing you of “repeating Russian talking points” is just saying you criticize the foreign policy of the US and its allies. That is always what they truly mean by that once you really drill down on what they’re saying and why they are saying it. The argument is that because Russia criticizes the foreign policy of the US-centralized empire, you never should. Which is self-evidently extremely moronic.

It’s literally impossible to be an aggressive critic of US foreign policy with a sizeable audience and not be accused of repeating Russian taking points. Literally every single high-profile person who does so gets accused of Kremlin loyalty, without a single, solitary exception.

Those who tell you to “move to Russia” when you criticize the foreign policy of the western empire are the same people pushing for internet censorship and the silencing of unauthorised media and demanding retractions from any western outlet that forgets to parrot the official line.

“Move to Russia!” No, you move to Russia. You’re the one trying to suppress dissent and criticism of the powerful. I’m the one who is living by western values as they were sold to me and demanding normal scrutiny of the most powerful empire of all time. You don’t belong here.

Hello we’re the westerners, we’re awesome because we live in free democracies with a free press where everyone is equal. Also, let’s spend weeks crying over a dead monarch at the urging of the news media because her blood makes her better than normal people.

One of the many consequences of learning about how fucked things are is a growing frustration over wanting things to change while they only get worse. In my experience, which you may of course take or leave, the answer to this dilemma is contained in the Serenity Prayer: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” A more secular version might read, “Make peace with what you can’t change in this moment, bravely make whatever changes can be made in this moment in your surroundings and in yourself, and learn to distinguish between the two.”

You’re only one human in a chaotic, confusing cacophony of eight billion, and there’s very little you can do to single-handedly effect the massive changes our species needs no matter how clever you are. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything. You can do little things to help make this planet a slightly gentler place every day, you can work to spread awareness of what’s true, and you can contribute in your own small way to the expansion of human consciousness (both in yourself and in the world).

Act to whatever reasonable extent you can act, then let go and relax into this beautiful existence. Make peace with what you cannot change in this moment, make what small changes you can, and learn to tell the two apart. The more you learn about our current plight the more necessary it becomes to learn how to do this.

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  • “It’s hard to grasp just how badly humanity is handicapping itself by excluding all solutions that can’t generate a profit.” Your so good at expressing truths that are suppressed. 🙂 There is some goodness in some Western values. This is because their is goodness in human nature. We are learning beings who mature to allow our compassionate motivations to drive our mindsets, expression and behavior. Wise leaders all over the world have taught this and we admire them because it simply feels better to our nature. We see the issues with harsh relations and violent trauma. NATO mobsters are just as immature as youths shooting each other in cities. Profiting is the wrong goal. Capitalism is extremely irresponsible and wasteful because it tries to accumulate something that is an imaginary privelage while destroying our real world we depend on and the social fabric that protects us. It’s incentive is just like immature royal ambition because that’s where it came from. Royals handicap themselves, they chase after a dignity they already share with everyone. We’ve squandered our technological advantage on earth by worshipping immature belligerent royal psychologies for far too long. All humans should identify as one group now. Gandhi, Einstein and all of our great leaders have called on the elites to end their state violence and stubborn selfish nationalism that has narcissistic fantasies of greatness gained through imperial bullying. I think a big part of the alternative is to look at wealth not as something we accumulate but as something we all are in the way of life we pursue together for mutual benefit. If all money, gold and financial records disappeared we could still produce and distribute what we want. Organizing for it is the alternative. We could make it a priority to keep up with every individuals wellbeing. Life doesn’t have to be a traumatic cage fight. I think it’s important to admit that capitalism stems directly from terrorism and trauma that supremacist royals encouraged to ensure their own privelaged access to resources. As populations grew, immature royal bullies turned against their own kind.

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  • I’m sure a lot of people have seen the picture of the smiling dog, well mostly that’s how most Americans are, always ready with a smile or a shake, but that’s about it, right under the skin though, rages curtain numbers 1, 2 and 3, they’re either a nice narrsisist, or a so so sociopath or a trublu psychopath, unfortunately there’s nothing you can do, but walk away and just leave.

  • Capitalism leads to monopoly and inequality.
    Predatory-Capitalism leads to predatory-monopoly and predatory-inequality.
    Eventually, and we have arrived at eventually, predatory-capitalism (e.g.-the United States’ economic paradigm) becomes adamant at cooperating with countries that reject the United States’ rules-based (selfish rules based on US’ bias), world-order (subordinate to the US). The US, for approximately (78) years, has abused most of the world through the perpetration of: imperialism, regime-change, invasion, hegemony, assassination, bribery, plundering, fearmongering, bombing, pesticide dissemination, explosive land mine-laying, coercion, leveraging, economic sanctions, rape, fraud, assault and battery, lambasting, slandering, pernicious propaganda, sabotaging, human-rights abuses, refusing to respect the fucking sovereignty of other countries, hypocrisy, and failure to take the trash out, etc. Hell, have some goddamned empathy for other countries for a change! Or are you too intoxicated with self-righteousness, hubris, chauvinism, and egotism? Can you not see how foreign countries might fear the propensity of the US to bully? Is there any doubt why approximately half of the world’s populace have coalesced towards: BRICS+, SCO, ASEAN, etc. US’ misdeeds are responsible for fostering the implacable military/economic cooperative-alliance between Russia, China, and Iran. The US is declining: militarily, economically, hegemonically, uni-polar world-order, dignity, respect, prestige, and more. The United States is somewhat like an older, injured adult lion (head of the pride), besieged by young male bachelors intent on supplanting the old male in pride-takeover. The old male lion is flailing about, full of arrogance and fear, and extremely dangerous. Like the old lion, the US is attempting to characterize (manufacturing consent) nuclear war as palatable (fearful of losing: the dollar as default world-currency, hegemony, and uni-polarity.) Palatable? Why don’t you just go sit your ass down on one of those 19th century iron stoves; it’s red-hot and ready to cook biscuits and gravy. The detonation of a thermo-nuclear device is vastly hotter than the old stove; but it won’t matter for you, as you’ll be incinerated (look at the photos of post A-Bomb Hiroshima). Is this what you want? Maybe we should start with (good faith) dialogue, negotiation, and cooperation? Those “other” countries have living human beings, just like us (don’t fall for the MSM propaganda.) If you are going to speak up, this is a damn good time to start. Don’t you agree?

    • Unfortunately, it looks like we ain’t seen nuffin’ yet!
      https://unlimitedhangout.com/2022/09/investigative-reports/sustainable-debt-slavery/

      • That’s right. At least the USA’ smokescreen is waning. A manifest of US’ treachery is revealing itself to the working-class. The US’ ruling-class is intent on harming its citizens. How? Through deceptive, pernicious propaganda; by subjecting citizens to potentially catastrophic warfare; through intentional, insidious debt-traps (e.g.-student loans); through bipartisan conspiracy to sabotage the working class (e.g.- dastardly covid pretext to expropriate businesses and livelihoods); blatant chicanery employed to disguise contents and effectiveness of experimental injections (e.g.-see VAERS); by playing role as absolute obstructionists for good-faith, progressive changes (e.g.- fuck you Joe Manchin, Ted Cruise & Ilk); by fostering much of the world’s indignance/animosity through horrendous misdeeds (e.g.-bombings, assassinations, economic sanctions, fraud, repression, oil theft, etc.) Yes, a reckoning is approaching the: Usurped Stupefied of Austerity.

  • I appreciate the elegant idea that reprehensible, grubby, degraded, heartless, exploitive, and, may I say, “shitty” profit-making companies are to finance the saintly, enlightened, benign, compassionate, caring, life-enhancing non-profit organizations to usher in the New Era of Leftist Enlightenment.

    Why didn’t anyone think of this before?

    • This should be rephrased for more symmetry and balance. If the second lot is leftist, then the first one has to be rightist and if the second intends to usher in the New Era of Leftist Enlightenment, the first must be fixing to usher in the New Era of Rightist American Dream. This way everybody’s happy and both can spend billions of welfare dollars in a non-partisan way to defend our freedoms to the last Ukrainian.

  • With frequency, the corrupt desire for excess profit/wealth will steer you in the wrong direction. If you have ever paid for, leased the equipment, and taken the multiple assessments to operate commercial vehicles, this story may drive you crazy.
    Former DMV Employee Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Receive Bribes to Alter Records in DMV Database in Sacramento (justice.gov-U.S. Department of Justice-U.S. Attorney’s Office-4/28/2022)
    Excerpt: SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Shawana Denise Harris, 52, of Rancho Cucamonga, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit bribery, to commit unauthorized access of a computer, and to commit identity fraud, which resulted in unqualified drivers receiving their California commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs), U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
    According to court documents, on Nov. 16, 2017, Harris was charged with conspiring to receive bribes as a DMV employee in Rancho Cucamonga for accessing and altering records in the DMV’s database in Sacramento. During the scheme, Harris altered records to show that applicants for California CDLs had passed the required tests when, in truth, they had not done so, and in some cases had not even taken the tests. In so doing, this caused the DMV to issue permits and completed California CDLs despite the applicants not having taken or passed those tests.

    Predatory-Capitalism is one huge conflict-of-interest; and we all pay the penalty: with the exception of the donor-class, etc…

  • Organized Crime in Insurance Fraud: An Empirical Analysis of Staged Automobile Accident Rings (digitalcommons.usf.edu-1/2015-Chris Longino)

    Insurance Fraud Insurance fraud is a growing problem throughout the United States, and innocent citizens are forced to bare the financial burden created by this crime. Industry research estimates that insurance fraud amounts to 10 percent of all property and casualty claim expenses. The Insurance Information Institute estimated that insurance fraud cost $335.4 billion in the U. S., from 2000-2011 (Weisbart, 2012). Over this 11-year period, the average cost per year was $30.5 billion. In comparison, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Report estimated that the cost to victims of burglary in 2009 was $4.9 billion, or just over 16% of the estimated cost for insurance fraud. Further research by Ericson and Doyle (2004) states that the actual cost of insurance fraud may be twice the estimated cost of 10 percent. More recently, the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud (2015) estimated the cost of insurance fraud to be at least $80 billion per year, more than two-and-a-half times as large as prior estimates. This expense is inevitably transferred to the consumer through increases in insurance premiums paid.

    The Usury Skulduggery of Addiction: Too Much And Never Enough

    • Funny they don’t tell us how much it costs each American. But it’s easy to reckon. 80 billion divided by 333 million = $240 per American. We kill two birds with one stone too because the way things are going, that’s about the amount the US will have spent on Ukraine in a year – or the cost of a Ukrainian flag on one’s front lawn. There’s definitely inflation in the textile industry :o)

      • Yes…the cabal doesn’t tell us much, other than lies. What an advantage the US has had since Bretton Woods; and they’ve shit it all away, along with jeopardizing the working-class. that’s what capitalism does. They played us like a violin in convincing us to recite the pledge of allegiance (while they clearly have allegiance to no one, other than their cronies, and the perfidious donor-class.) It should be clear to most…that the US is a society, that is designed to incentivize criminal behavior, at the very top!

  • China already created their digital currency, but the US and UK did not. I think this is their reason for harassing China, they want to weaken China and give themselves more time to update their financial system.

    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/u-s-treasury-recommends-exploring-creation-of-a-digital-dollar-01663343708?siteid=yhoof2

    • Update? You are delusional. Get your head out of your update ass. Digital currency is enslavement. Inna what world do you want to empower your masters?

    • Maybe they just don’t think that they’re human. It took decades for European nations to recognize the indigenous peoples of the Americas as humans, so why should the Chinese be any different. Really, this website and a few others are the only places I know where people aren’t total absolute excrement.

  • “You’re only one human in a chaotic, confusing cacophony of eight billion, and there’s very little you can do to single-handedly effect the massive changes our species needs no matter how clever you are.”

    And if you try a high priest of the status-quo will have you for lunch.

    While lunch may still be had: https://chasingthesquirrel.com/

    • Single handed handledly is how it happens. Doomer asshole.

  • I Read everything you write. All are thought proviking. This was simply beautiful. Please keep doing what you do to usher in change.
    Thank you.

    • Amen, bro. Reality sucks. Embrace the suck.

  • Great, essay, leaves much room for thought, as long as we have time to devote to the task of thinking.

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    • And the horse you rode in on too.

  • Free democracies??? You jest…

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  • There’s always one message conspicuously (though, predictably) absent in the rhetoric of the global Industrial Revolution neo-feudals:
    They will *never* tell the U.S. Empire to accept the 21st-century reality of a multipolar World and cut the endless, retrograde 1950s CIA war gaming garbage out already (destabilizing and plundering anything in its path). All they parrot is: “oh: go live in a cardboard box on three minimum wage jobs…or: don’t fart from eating hamburgers because our ‘science’ (the same ‘science’ now annointing Bruce Jenner as a Miss America and, the same ‘science’ refusing to explain why Covid vaccines don’t actually prevent Covid) tells us your farting is turning the Arctic into a tropical destination!”.

    Think, perhaps(?), the clowns running the show just might not really have any credibility to *actually* warrant being in charge of it???

    • Nobody will actually ask anything. Where is the fucking referendum for anything?

  • Caitlin, I hear and understand what you are saying but whats in it for me.

  • It’s not just infinite growth, in fact, growth is a bit of a buzzword, i.e. such as de-growth, a right wing term, along with globalism. The other factor is externalities, not factoring the environmental damage into the industrial processes. If capitalism incorporated externality into production, it’s hard to know because it’s never been done, but likely the world would be clean and there wouldn’t be products nobody wants due to cost. The holy free market couldn’t regulate externality and hasn’t. I remember working in manufacturing and the Galt-like selfmade CEO ordering us to pull out reeds and cover a small creek behind the factory that chemicals were polluting before an inspection by the EPA. He sold the company for millions while one small manufactory continued to ooze carcinogens into the environment.

    • Just saw fedex project no growth next year. Now they are still making hundreds of millions in profit but that is not enough because they are not growing. So screwed up.

      • Joseph Campbell: Progress is the myth of our time.

        He didn’t apply that to his own class of intellectuals. Mistake one. Don;t make mistake two.

  • Fiat money created by government, coupled with political will to use it to serve people and planet, is the solution. The public sector, for which profit is no impediment, not even a consideration, thus has the resources to do all the necessary things which the private sector cannot do. Caitlin maintains that our choice is either socialism or barbarism, followed by extinction. And as usual, she’s on the money.

    • Resources belong to themselves. One does not steal or borrow. One takes and asks for forgiveness.

  • “The ambition to emancipate ourselves as autonomous subjects by objectifying the world have in a sense come full circle, returned to haunt us, by turning the human self into an object as well–an ephemeral side effect of a random universe, an isolated atom in mass society, a statistic, a commodity, a passive prey to the demands of the market, prisoner of the self-constructed iron cage”. Richard Tarnas

    • Emancipation is not conjecture. It is here, now. From that there can be no emancipation.

  • Humans as a species seem doomed by the inherent flaws you directly and indirectly describe. The US, number one in pollution and in enabling global warming, is also the most visibly unable to deal with the writing in the wall. Having pulled out of the Paris Accord at a critical time was followed by the defunding of the WHO at the height of a global pandemic.
    Maybe the grotesque self-harming tendencies arose from features necessary to survive early in our development as a species but future pundits if there’ll be any will surely point to these milestones ( millstones if you like).

    • The US is not number one in pollution. China among others pollution far exceeds the US. Most people in third world countries live among intense pollution. The Phillipines for one. The Paris Accord and WHO are simply political virtue signaling groups making others think governments care.

      • You’re right: nobody gives a damn about the Paris agreement they’ve signed. It’s all partly for show and partly to try and slow India and China’s development:
        https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/news-paris-climate-agreement-respected-oil-gas-martijn-de-kuijer
        What’s good for thee ain’t good enough for me – old tune…

        • would you agree to let any corporation pollute as much as they see fit?

          • No, I wouldn’t. In general, and near paramount, profit-maximization is dictated by the corporation and their managers. Intrinsically, and legally (e.g.-LLC), the corporation was created in such a way as to circumvent restrictions to operations. And, to make things worse, corporations (and big money-donors, along with dynastic-fraudulent-grifters, etc.,) conspire to increase the plundering. The U.S. Military-I-Complex is a stupendously pernicious example. Corporations, in the insidious predatory-corporate world, can’t be trusted to self-monitor. THEY CAN’T AFFORD TO BE DECENT!

          • Would you agree to let any corporation be owned by its workers?

      • Oh I don’t know, the US War Machine is a bit of a polluter, wouldn’t you say? All the way from resource wasting & pollution for everything that the MIC takes for the manufacture of grotesque weaponry to the colossal pollution nightmare misery of actual war itself aggressively prosecuted with impunity on many fronts. A profoundly polluting activity that the US politicians must answer for.

        • U.S. Military Is World’s Biggest Polluter (ecowatch.com-5/15/17-By Whitney Webb)
          Excerpt: Last week, mainstream media outlets gave minimal attention to the news that the U.S. Naval station in Virginia Beach had spilled an estimated 94,000 gallons of jet fuel into a nearby waterway, less than a mile from the Atlantic Ocean.
          While the incident was by no means as catastrophic as some other pipeline spills, it underscores an important yet little-known fact—that the U.S. Department of Defense is both the nation’s and the world’s, largest polluter.
          Producing more hazardous waste than the five largest U.S. chemical companies combined, the U.S. Department of Defense has left its toxic legacy throughout the world in the form of depleted uranium, oil, jet fuel defoliants, pesticides like Agent Orange, and lead, among others.

          • Isn’t it funny Lil Greta never mentioned that? :o)

    • Development as a species implies incorrectness in the current situation. It is as it is become. Our opinions are as dust.

    • What global pandemic? The engineered genocide of which you speak is ongoing and all you can do is echo global corporatist talking points. Are you a paid troll?

  • All-American Oligarchs: The Big Oil CEOs Profiting From War In Ukraine (bailoutwatch.org-3/10/22)
    Excerpt: Amid the fog of rumor and accusation that has accompanied the war in Ukraine, one thing is clear: Big Oil is absolutely using the resulting run-up in fuel prices to price-gouge and profiteer. Not only are top oil executives billions of dollars richer; they are using the rapid spike in profit and personal wealth to cash out and pay off wealthy investors and insiders.

    Excerpt: Fresh analysis from BailoutWatch and Friends of the Earth finds oil CEOs are billions of dollars richer than they were at the start of the Biden Administration and have sold shares in their companies worth tens of millions of dollars in the weeks since the war became inevitable. Meanwhile, the companies are using their windfall profits on share buybacks and dividends that further enrich their executives and shareholders.

    Excerpt: “The CEOs of these companies have been caught cashing in on war,” said Lukas Ross, Program Manager at Friends of the Earth. “If we want to protect consumers from pain at the pump, or preserve a livable climate, it is clear the age of fossil fuels must end.”

    Excerpt: “The actions of these oil executives make it clear that no matter how much they groan about the Biden Administration’s environmental policies and blame Putin for high prices, their focus remains entirely on lining their own pockets,” said Christopher Kuveke, data analyst at BailoutWatch. “There’s no use looking for other answers in the industry’s school of red herrings.

    When war becomes profitable there will be more wars.

    • The fact that the barrel of crude oil hasn’t been anywhere near what it was in 2008 (about $106 in June 2022 vs. $189 in June 2008) and that the price of gasoline at the pump is double of what it was then (at least here in Spain: €2.00 in June 2022 vs €1.00 in June 2008) tells us everything we need to know about that scam that the corporate media won’t tell us.
      https://www.macrotrends.net/1369/crude-oil-price-history-chart

  • MSM US arm is the most important since when Bill Clinton reformed this sector in early 90s. After 9/11 it only reinforces the White House narrative. Before, the White House would have to step back from one or another mischievous path. Now they don’t have unless it is not relevant anymore.
    In Ukraine on Fire, Oliver Stone interviewing Putin, one statement caught my attention. Putin and the Kremlin realizing the threat posed to Russia after the Euro maidan in 2014 said something like this – “We have tried everything to solve this problem through diplomacy and proposed agreements coming from it. We have seem bloggers writing reliable articles about the reality in Ukraine but nothing will change what the west using NATO has been doing to come close to our borders. When nothing works then the last resort is a military solution bounded to happen due to these circumstances happening since the 90s when NATO started expanding.”

  • Isn’t this the problem of Western imperialism which preaches and imposes a one size- fits- all economic model across the globe. We all have to have our lands mined regardless of the dire consequences on the part of communities. We all, are made to stand in line to receive neck-breaking IMF loans which come with conditions of endless debt and the digging even further for natural resources to pay back while the master is standing by to make sure that the back doesn’t straighten up. Up to today, wars are fought, weaker nations get invaded and their just rulers get deposed while helpful cultures and belief systems are being ridiculed and outlawed by the imperialists, all these to make space for foreign interests and monopolization of the planet to plunder and to satisfy racist greed. All the nations on earth are in on the frenzy death act of self destruction and not many know why, what is happening is happening.

    • The man who is always waving the flag usually waives what it stands for.
      – Laurence J. Peter (Canadian educator and author best known to the general public for his formulation of the Peter principle).

      • Bless you. The Peter Principle illuminates what the collective we can not accept. Woe to follow and here we are.

  • Deregulation, which is at the root of that crap, started in the late 70s and has run full steam since the 80s in OCDE economies.

    Economic regulations had been introduced during the Gilded Age. Progressive reforms were deemed necessary to limit antisocial capitalistic behaviours (labour abuses, monopolization, pollution…) and to mitigate boom and bust cycles. In the late 1970s, these reforms were deemed burdensome and many politicians advocated deregulation.

    This neoliberalism was spurred in part by the fear that regulatory agencies would get captured by the industry they regulated at the expense of consumers’ interests – which incidentally is exactly what happened anyway with, inter alia, the CDC and FDA captured through funding by the very Pharma they’re supposed to regulate.

    The rationale for deregulation was that it would lead to increased competitiveness, higher productivity and lower prices.

    Hell being paved with good intentions, in my native France where I took a regular job in the 80s after living in various other countries for ten years, we the people paid over half of our gross earnings in taxes. In other words, we worked for the government six or seven months of the year.

    Why not if this provided social services to everybody?

    Problem: once the civil servants started drinking this Kool-Aid optimizing policy, it became the government’s goal per se and public services started to shrink, systematically trashing the unprofitable. Who benefitted? The taxpayers?

    Are you crazy? The industry of course! The money saved by shutting ICU beds and laying off staff – even during the alleged pandemic emergency – was channelled into buying more equipment to perform useless albeit lucrative tests and operations – where Hippocrates, who lived to be 85 in the Vth century BC, would have prescribed a simple diet.

    Add Pharma lobbying to ban cheap alternative treatments that people had used for ages, like Rockefeller had done in the US at the turn of the XXth century, and the motto became, in a parody of Marx, “From curing the sick to making as much dough out of them as we possibly can!” The whole shebang turned into a racket, best summed up with the vaccine scam which didn’t stop transmission but made billions for Pharma.

    The latest example of government racket was provided to me yesterday in Spain, where I am retired, by a guy who’s got five small fast-food joints in the area – a string of holiday resorts. He’s closed during the six tourist-free months of the year during which he must nevertheless pay the basic electricity fee. This subscription is aligned on the power you contract. For 3 kW, I pay €15 a month. He pays… €150 a month for each. Question: can’t he change his contract to minimum power for the six months he doesn’t use electricity in these joints? Yesss! But he can only change it ONCE a year. So if he does, when the next season starts… he can’t work. Catch 22.

    We’re only talking of a simple computer modification here! That’s the profit racket at work in broad daylight even in basic public services like health care and energy…

    • When I think about deregulation, I recall the profligate…Ronnie Reagan. One of the many pernicious actions that individual implemented was to fire the air-traffic controllers. Not only that, but he also added insult to injury in blackballing the controllers. As is the M.O. of the ruling-class, they want to send fearmongering messages to the working-class (and the world.) The current sanctions are a similar concept; but much of the world has had enough (e.g.-BRICS+.) The United States can’t seem to dig the hole deep enough; their misdeeds (e.g.-imperialism, regime change, assassinations, harmful propaganda, weapons proliferation, etc.), have fostered animosity and indignance from most of the planet.

      • I remember once in Miami the taxi driver who was driving me to the airport telling me sadly that he was a pilot for Eastern before they fired him due to deregulation. It was bipartisan though. The whole shebang started under Carter but I don’t think either him or Reagan had pivotal roles. This was decided above their pay grade in Wall Street think tanks.

        • Yes, from what I infer, these politicians are overpaid sycophants/appointees/obstructionists of the donor-class (Rockefellers, DuPonts, and other dynastical, fraudulent, grifters…) The United States reminds me of the book “Too Much and Never Enough,” by Mary Trump, about Donald Trump. Donald, like Joe B., are symptoms of the sickness: Predatory-Capitalism.

    • Neoliberalism was spawned by neoliberalism. When you are done calling names, who is it whose name that you haven’t called?

  • Global Thermal Nuclear Warfare is the only chance humanity has to avoid the hell world wrought by climate change. Someone get on that.

    • I get your point! When, or if this actually happens (and I sure as hell hope it doesn’t), do you think we will still need our electric blankies?

    • Have you considered the incepent Maunder Minimum and overdue polar reversal? Instead of promulgating induced narrative, perhaps a gander at reality could provide positive impetus towards actualizing a helpful response.

  • Here’s a Russian talking point for you – expounding on and implementing the financial wisdom of American Lyndon LaRouche!
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    “…the parasitical financial oligarchy which hated LaRouche- which always tried to shut his mouth and persecuted him and tried to keep him locked up, ultimately acquired a monopoly on political power in the United States, and today it uses its political influence in Washington to force all the countries in the world to obey its will. It continues to dominate the world and exert its hegemony for extracting super profits from speculative operations.
    .
    Lyndon LaRouche turned out to be right.
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    We [Russians] call it an integrated world economic model in which finance capital will be subordinated to the tasks of developing the economy and in which the principles of physical economy will come to fruition as we can see countries that are taking this path are enjoying success. There is no doubt that the ruling American financial oligarchy is losing the hybrid world war which they have started against all mankind.”
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    The parasitical dynasties that have clung to Roman Caesarism, aka fascism, are finally facing a reckoning – the financialized economy that they created and refuse to fix can no longer be sustained. The fawning over the loss of a royal family member is a metaphor for the loss of their centuries-long global economic control “which hinders countries’ development, which strives to extract speculative super profits from trade and economic cooperation and which deceives the entire world by inflating speculative bubbles and abuses its positions of power in the countries where it dominates the political system.”
    .
    Western values ARE still respected – by non-western nations who recognize the importance of the Creative Individual, to “encourage the birth of new discoveries and translate those discoveries into ever new forms of technological progress.”
    .
    https://canadianpatriot.org/2022/09/14/why-sergey-glazyevs-memorial-to-the-legacy-of-lyndon-larouche-matters/
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    Lyndon LaRouche on the power to create: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xdgo5mbBXxs&t=288s

    • Joseph Campbell: Progress is the myth of our time.

      Unipolarity is something less than the multi version. But both belong to each other.

      Progress offers choices and you take that for freedom

      • This lecture by Ian Lungold explains consciousness evolution. Progress toward freedom is real.

  • I live in West Virginia. Last night I got an email from someone in Pennsylvania, with a 30 page report about false solutions to climate change. I’d heard this woman was involved in that and I checked out the study, but only skimmed it–someone had done a lot of research but it just went on and on, listing the players both as individuals and various changing consortiums–they are going to have a(nother) conference in Pittsburgh shortly to tout having our are be one of four “hydrogen hubs” funded by the Dept of Energy. In other words, a petrochemical alley, where experiementation can go on in maintaining polluting fossil fuels while trying every possible way of making them a little less pollutingh in climate terms (likely worse in other terms). It would be cheaper just to transition to renewables, but the bottom line mandate is to perpetuate the fossil fuel industry until they’ve turned every drop of their “assets” into money, and this planet into Hell. I feel compelled to keep pointing to the bullshit, but there’s so much money in pushing this shit–

    • I’m shocked about someone living in West Virginia to be aware of climate change. West Virginia is one of those places where you can see the real America – poverty, religious fanaticism, racism, stupidity about history, geography and everything else but they know every word from the Bible.

      • Your goddamn elitist ignorance is on full display. Aside from that, neither of you ignorant sonsabitches say anything that has not been put in to your mouth by the same globalist machine.

  • Caitlin has a misunderstanding of the word “Profit”.
    ‘For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?’
    In the USA everything is calculated in terms of money, but profit is the excess of ‘benefit’ over ‘cost’.
    A ‘soul’ has no monetary value and except for a deal with the Devil, cannot be exchanged, which is why the USA and the whole of the West is Soulless.
    Take a Home Owners Association for example, (but you see it in every sphere of power), An elderly couple have their grass too long according to the ‘rules’. It would take 1/2 an hour to cut or $20 to get a youngster to cut it for them, but what do the HOA do? Hire a lawyer for $300 to fine the owner $1,000 for breaking the ‘Rules’.
    Utterly soulless.
    One can only hope that the Christian Church is correct and that there is in fact a Hell for such people in the afterlife.
    But on another note, I do wish that Caitlin would actually apply her mind and look at the “Ecocide” nonsense and all the other Climate crap. Another Greta is not needed or pretty to listen to.
    Of the hundreds of predictions (Ice caps gone, Polar bears, no more snow, no more rain, sea level rise, extinction of species [including Homo Sap], forest dying, CO2 killing everything and everyone) none of them have come true. Science is the framing of a Hypothesis, making predictions from that Hypothesis, and then testing the predictions. If the predictions cannot be shown to be true, or are shown to be false, then the hypothesis is wrong, it is very simple.
    Which is why Feynman, Einstein, Curie and a million others are revered, and others thrown on the scrap heap of history. Every metric regarding Climate has shown that there is NO catastrophe and that if proper scientific protocol is followed, (ie do not place the thermometer next to a A/C unit or in the middle of the tarmac and claim an increase) then there is absolutely no evidence of any climate change other than normal, cyclical weather.
    Caitlin please use Google Earth View and try and find your Ocean catastrophe. Yes there is over-fishing but then you see enormous shoals 200 miles long, so no there is no danger of all of the fish being caught. Polar bears are more numerous than any time in the last 100 years. The dams on some rivers are a problem for the Salmon but that can be overcome by slipways and Salmon ladders. The HAARP weather modification is being used by at least US, Russia and China for weather modification and as a weapon of war (both domestic and foreign) but that is a decision by elites and not some disaster you, I or anyone else can change without overthrowing the Governments.
    The only reason religion has lasted so long is because there is no way of testing their Hypothesis of reward and punishment after death.
    So I really enjoy your blog, but please lay off the Climate – Eco silliness or provide actual, testable data that I (and other Old, Conservative, Analytical, ‘Mentally Conditioned’ people see ‘https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsafxsxY-fU ‘ for details) can believe.

    • Religion persists to keep our connection with the divine. If you have no connection then it is the result of being disenfranchised from your true self. Organized religion is not to be compared to of the personal experience thereof. They are different animals with similar language.

      • “When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

’The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

’The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.”
        ― Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

        When I use the word “Religion” I use it in the generally accepted meaning, :
        “Definition of Religion:
        Religion is a set of organised beliefs, practices, and systems that most often relate to the belief and worship of a controlling force, such as a personal god or another supernatural being.”
        Whilst I accept that others may mean other things, what you describe is “Spirituality”.
        When one uses sentences such as :’.. persists to keep our connection with the divine.If you have no connection then it is the result of being disenfranchised from your true self.’ I have no idea what you are talking about. Your words are all utterly subjective and combined they provide no information, just ’emotion’.
        “.. disenfranchised from your true self.” Are you a professor at some university or just an ignorant individual trying to sound profound?

  • All-American Oligarchs: The Big Oil CEOs Profiting From War In Ukraine (bailoutwatch.org-3/10/22)
    Excerpt: Amid the fog of rumor and accusation that has accompanied the war in Ukraine, one thing is clear: Big Oil is absolutely using the resulting run-up in fuel prices to price-gouge and profiteer. Not only are top oil executives billions of dollars richer; they are using the rapid spike in profit and personal wealth to cash out and pay off wealthy investors and insiders.

    Excerpt: Fresh analysis from BailoutWatch and Friends of the Earth finds oil CEOs are billions of dollars richer than they were at the start of the Biden Administration, and have sold shares in their companies worth tens of millions of dollars in the weeks since the war became inevitable. Meanwhile, the companies are using their windfall profits on share buybacks and dividends that further enrich their executives and shareholders.

    Excerpt: “The CEOs of these companies have been caught cashing in on war,” said Lukas Ross, Program Manager at Friends of the Earth. “If we want to protect consumers from pain at the pump, or preserve a livable climate, it is clear the age of fossil fuels must end.”

    Excerpt: “The actions of these oil executives make it clear that no matter how much they groan about the Biden Administration’s environmental policies and blame Putin for high prices, their focus remains entirely on lining their own pockets,” said Christopher Kuveke, data analyst at BailoutWatch. “There’s no use looking for other answers in the industry’s school of red herrings.

    When war becomes profitable you will have more wars.

  • All-American Oligarchs: The Big Oil CEOs Profiting From War In Ukraine (bailoutwatch.org-3/10/22)
    Excerpt: Amid the fog of rumor and accusation that has accompanied the war in Ukraine, one thing is clear: Big Oil is absolutely using the resulting run-up in fuel prices to price-gouge and profiteer. Not only are top oil executives billions of dollars richer; they are using the rapid spike in profit and personal wealth to cash out and pay off wealthy investors and insiders.

    Excerpt: Fresh analysis from BailoutWatch and Friends of the Earth finds oil CEOs are billions of dollars richer than they were at the start of the Biden Administration and have sold shares in their companies worth tens of millions of dollars in the weeks since the war became inevitable. Meanwhile, the companies are using their windfall profits on share buybacks and dividends that further enrich their executives and shareholders.

    Excerpt: “The CEOs of these companies have been caught cashing in on war,” said Lukas Ross, Program Manager at Friends of the Earth. “If we want to protect consumers from pain at the pump, or preserve a livable climate, it is clear the age of fossil fuels must end.”

    Excerpt: “The actions of these oil executives make it clear that no matter how much they groan about the Biden Administration’s environmental policies and blame Putin for high prices, their focus remains entirely on lining their own pockets,” said Christopher Kuveke, data analyst at BailoutWatch. “There’s no use looking for other answers in the industry’s school of red herrings.

    When war becomes profitable you will have more wars.

  • industrialized lying does more harm to mankind than anything else… its a major brake on the progress and general welfare of all

  • 2 years of pandemic plus 7 months about Russia and Ukraine and a lot of articles around capitalism, ecocide, US empire, etc. All that usual thing and not one minute suspended on Twitter for touching where it hurts the US empire even using that dirty mouth to curse. Something is not right. Perhaps we are all irrelevant.

    • 2 years of psy op and genocide. Twitter is diversion. Focus on the real.

  • “We’re also shrinking the incentive to cure problems rather than offer expensive, ongoing treatments.”
    Not so, if you were offered a cure for your cancer rather than a repeating 5year chemotherapy, which would you pick? Same for most medical conditions, it incentivises the pharma companies to have you hooked on their endless drugs, but there is nothing stopping someone else developing a cure, except Govt.

    Ivermectin for Covid?? Who stopped that? Not the profit motive, it was those who rule over us.

    Rubbish in the oceans? Sure there’s no profit, but that is the domain of charities, the volunteer organisations that do things that people want done. If enough people got behind cleaning the oceans, it would happen. Like ‘Save the Whales’.

    Its not the profit Caitlin, its the Govt.

    • The so-called “charities” only operate if this turns out a profit for the “philanthropists”, like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invests in vaccination campaigns with vaccines in whose producers it’s got shares and that Billy Boy convinces one government or other to pay for with taxpayers’ money. When it comes to allowing generics, well… errr… “if you don’t protect intellectual property, then essentially there is no incentive for anybody to innovate.” Sure… :o)

      • I’m not sure what your problem is with that. It works and if it didn’t, you would likely not be here, having died from smallpox, measles, TB or some other preventable disease.
        You misunderstand the Gates Foundation. And no, they’re not doing it to make money.

        • I’m sure glad to hear that!

        • Yea. The Gates foundation must truly be altruistic to you. Unfortunately Melinda Gates thought it best to disassociate herself from them.

        • I’m not sure there is a problem with Pascal’s statement. Your premise is plausible (e.g.-smallpox, measles, etc.); however, these were true “vaccines.” The Mrna “non-vaccine” is an experimental injection. Authentic “vaccines” require from 5 to 10 years to produce. Is it possible that the ruling-class (Gates, Rockefeller foundation…) have another motive in mind? A suggestion for you is to listen to the MD Michael Yeadon, and the Chemist: Andreas Noack (recent video): he was recently murdered, according to his spouse. This should give you additional insight into the experimental injection (unless there is another agenda not discussed.)

          • Also interesting:
            https://igorchudov.substack.com/p/politico-how-bill-gates-took-over?utm_medium=email
            Inter alia, Bill Gates, who participated in Event 201 that planned the pandemic, bought 3,1 million BioNTech shares in September 2019 that have now multiplied their value by about 3000%. That’s what philanthropy does for you! :o)

          • Murdered as were three African presidents, whose successors went covid compliant right away. The point is not Noack. Talk about whhat he was saying. The shit happened. What did he say? How many times has he been corraborated? There it is.

            • Andreas Noack clearly made his point. He was courageous; and exposed a dastardly plan by a cabal. He was most likely murdered for this revelation (according to his spouse.)
              We need more people that mitigate the agitation and activate the cooperation. Don’t you agree?

      • Saw a new word coined the other day. Philantropath. It is everything but what it is said to be,

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