Video of the Week: Social Pathology
Unlike leftists, we should be willing to at least try to hear and understand all sides of an argument, theory, or idea. This portion from the film Zeitgeist: Moving Forward is definitely presented with a left bias.
It’s Video of the Week for a reason, though. John McMurtry has a point about how the “Money Sequence of Value” has completely decoupled from the “Life Sequence of Value” as the West’s economic system behaves less and less like a true free market economy (one could argue we have not had a free market economy since the advent and domination of the corporation) and more and more like a metastasizing cancer. This system disorder is detailed in his book The Cancer Stage of Capitalism.
In short, the current economic system seeks to maximize profit rather than to maximize quality of life. It does this at the expense of those working to power the system. McMurtry also has another point. As GDP rises, economists argue it reflects a rise in the quality of life of a nation. However, if health care profits are rising, what does that really reflect? A rise in the number of sick and dying people. This means it is not profitable to cure disease, but it is profitable to create more and more health problems among the human sheeple in the population. Perhaps that’s the reason our government has been lying to us for 40 years, pushing the myth of the dangers of saturated fat and cholesterol?
Perhaps that’s why when one ventures down the rabbit hole he finds nothing but lies from top to bottom?
Creating problems to create profit (rather than solving problems!) also would explain why we are lied to about any number of other issues – from the global warming carbon tax scam to the ozone layer “hole” to weight loss to human trafficking to feminism. It’s also profitable to create a police state as the old rule of thumb is, pass a law, create a business. The system needs, nay, can’t function without creating problems with people’s lives in order to generate profit. But, the problems it creates come at the expense of the quality of life of those working to power the system. This is why the West finds itself in the midst of the modern day cluster fuck it’s in.
In that regard, McMurtry has a point when he says the current corporate-dominated economic system has devolved to become one of the most bizarre systems in the history of human thought.
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