Warning: Undefined variable $cookie_domain in /var/www/html/shared/start_verified_session.shared on line 308 The Profit Motive Is Crippling Humanity ad-free A marketplace for speech. 82,617 Hours of Speech help 517,418 Transcriptions add title (free) 409 Sources add source €0.99 Spotlight Transcription New Search Search: Caitlin Johnstone Title: The Profit Motive Is Crippling Humanity Published: 2022-09-16 Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COPDUFqJw-4 1/15the profit motive is crippling humanity notes from the edge of the narrative matrix the US military has seven branches of service army navy Air Force marines Coast Guard space force and 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 a2/15 species and we're limiting ourselves to a very small very shitty fraction of it by limiting solutions the 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 is fundamental to our survival is getting all the3/15 pollution out of our oceans the profit motive offers no solutions 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 no4/15 way to make it profitable and people would come up with far more solutions if they knew those solutions could be implemented how often have you come up with an awesome idea and gotten all excited about it only to do the math and figure out that it's unfeasible because it wouldn't be profitable this is a very common experience and it's happening to ideas for potential solutions to5/15 our problems every day the profit motive system assumes the eco subtle 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 at cetera it's hard to appreciate the significance of this artificial limitation when you're inside it and I've lived in it your whole6/15 life under its rules it's like if we were only allowed to make things out of wood if our whole civilization band of the entire spectrum of non wood craft innovation sure such a civilization would get very good at making wooden things and would probably have some wood crafting innovations that our civilization doesn't have but it would also be greatly developmentally stunted that's how badly we're limiting7/15 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 based 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 but8/15 will yield massive profits someone accusing you of repeating Russian talking points is just saying you criticize the foreign policy of the U. S. and its allies that is always all that ever means the argument is that because Russia criticizes the foreign government of the U. S. centralized empire you never should which is self evidently extremely moronic it's literally impossible to be an aggressive critic of US9/15 foreign policy with a sizeable audience and not be accused of repeating Russian talking 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 the internet censorship in the silencing of unauthorized media and demanding10/15 retractions from any western outlet that forgets the parrot the official line move to Russia now you move to Russia you're the one trying to suppress dissent and criticism of the powerful I'm the one who's 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 because11/15 we live in freedom Macher sees with the 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 well they only get worse in my experience which12/15 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 in13/15 this moment in your surroundings and yourself and learn to distinguish between the two you're only one human in a chaotic confusing cacophony of eight billion then there's very little you can do to single handedly affect the massive changes our species need 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 slightly14/15 gentler place every day and 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 X. two 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 can15/15 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 DEEP LINKED selected quote: Please confirm your sharing options: Share this transcription, and highlight this paragraph. 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