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Annotated captions of Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (2011) in English

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wurmd 00:03
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In a decaying society, Art, if it is truthful,

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must also reflect decay.

cigano 00:13
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And unless it wants to break faith with its social function,

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Art must show the world as changeable.

wurmd 00:24
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And help to change it.

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-Ernst Fischer

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... deadly riots over the government's plan

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to avoid defaulting on its loans ...

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is that the unemployment keeps rising

wurmd 00:39
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and it has to keep rising

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just because we have an excess supply of goods...

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this is all borrowed money...

tzmofficial 00:46
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and that debt is owned by banks in other countries...

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M-O-N-E-Y, in the form of a convenient personal loan...

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... a filter cigarette that delivers the taste...

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45 malt liquor... Are You Hot?!...

wurmd 01:00
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is the US planning to bomb Iran?...

tzmofficial 01:03
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...America is sponsoring terror attacks in Iran...

cigano 01:07
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Now, my grandmother was a wonderful person.

cigano 01:10
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She taught me how to play the game Monopoly.

wurmd 01:13
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She understood that the name of the game is to acquire.

dwsimeone 01:17
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She would accumulate everything she could

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and eventually, she became the master of the board.

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And then she would always say the same thing to me.

cigano 01:25
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She would look at me and she would say:

tzmofficial 01:27
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“One day, you'll learn to play the game.”

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One summer, I played Monopoly almost every day, all day long.

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And that summer, I learned to play the game.

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I came to understand the only way to win

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is to make a total commitment to acquisition.

dwsimeone 01:42
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I came to understand that money and possessions-

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that's the way that you keep score.

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And by the end of that summer, I was more ruthless than my grandmother.

cigano 01:51
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.

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I was ready to bend the rules if I had to, to win that game.

cosmic.synergy 01:55
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And I sat down with her to play that fall.

wurmd 01:59
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I took everything she had.

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I watched her give her last dollar and quit in utter defeat.

wurmd 02:06
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And then she had one more thing to teach me.

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Then she said:

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“Now it all goes back in the box.

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All those houses and hotels.

wurmd 02:23
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All the railroads and utility companies...

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All that property and all that wonderful money...

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Now it all goes back in the box.

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None of it was really yours.

tzmofficial 02:38
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You got all heated up about it for a while.

cigano 02:41
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But it was around a long time before you sat down at the board

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and it will be here after you're gone: players come, players go.

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Houses and cars...

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Titles and clothes...

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Even your body.”

wurmd 03:00
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Because the fact is that everything I clutch and consume and hoard

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is going to go back in the box and I'm going to lose it all.

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So you have to ask yourself

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when you finally get the ultimate promotion

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when you have made the ultimate purchase

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when you buy the ultimate home

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when you have stored up financial security

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and climbed the ladder of success

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to the highest rung you can possibly climb it...

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and the thrill wears off

tzmofficial 03:25
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- and it will wear off -

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Then what?

cigano 03:32
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How far do you have to walk down that road

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before you see where it leads?

wurmd 03:39
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Surely you understand

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it will never be enough.

tzmofficial 03:45
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So you have to ask yourself the question:

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What matters?

dwsimeone 04:49
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They're Hot!

dwsimeone 04:52
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They're Rich!

tzmofficial 04:56
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And They're Spoiled!

tzmofficial 05:03
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America's #1 Show is Back!

dwsimeone 05:32
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Gentle Machine Productions Presents

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A Peter Joseph Film

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When I was a young man

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growing up in New York City

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I refused to pledge allegiance to the flag.

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Of course I was sent to the principal's office.

cigano 06:08
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And he asked me, 'Why don't you want to pledge allegiance?

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Everybody does!'

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I said, 'Everybody once believed the Earth was flat

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but that doesn't make it so.'

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I explained that America owed everything it has

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to other cultures and other nations

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.

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and that I would rather pledge allegiance

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to the Earth and everyone on it.

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.

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Needless to say it wasn't long before I left school entirely

cigano 06:35
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.

dwsimeone 06:35
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...and I set up a lab in my bedroom.

cigano 06:38
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There I began to learn about science and nature.

cigano 06:42
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.

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I realized then that the universe is governed by laws

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.

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and that the human being, along with society itself,

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.

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was not exempt from these laws.

dwsimeone 06:53
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Then came the crash of 1929

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which began what we now call

cigano 06:59
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“The Great Depression”.

cigano 07:00
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I found it difficult to understand why millions

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were out of work, homeless, starving,

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while all the factories were sitting there;

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the resources were unchanged.

cigano 07:13
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It was then that I realized

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that the rules of the economic game

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were inherently invalid.

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Shortly after, came World War II

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where various nations took turns

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systematically destroying each other.

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I later calculated that all the destruction

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and wasted resources spent on that war

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.

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could have easily provided for every

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human need on the planet.

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Since that time, I have watched humanity

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set the stage for its own extinction.

cigano 07:50
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I have watched as the precious finite resources

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are perpetually wasted and destroyed

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in the name of profit and free markets.

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I have watched the social values of society

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be reduced into a base artificiality of materialism

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and mindless consumption.

cigano 08:09
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And I have watched as the monetary powers

cigano 08:13
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control the political structure

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of supposedly free societies.

cigano 08:19
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I'm 94 years old now.

dwsimeone 08:22
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And I'm afraid my disposition is the same as it was

cigano 08:26
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.

dwsimeone 08:26
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75 years ago.

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This shit's got to go.

dwsimeone 08:40
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[ ZEITGEIST ]

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[ ZEITGEIST: MOVING FORWARD ]

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[ Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful

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committed citizens can change the world.

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Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead ]

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.

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[ Part 1: Human Nature ]

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So you're a scientist, and ...

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somewhere along the way, hammered into your head

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is the inevitable “nature versus nurture”

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and that's at least up there with Coke versus Pepsi

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or Greeks versus Trojans.

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So, nature versus nurture: This, by now

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utterly over-simplifying view of

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where influences are-

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influences on how a cell deals with

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an energy crisis up to

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what makes us who we are on the most individualistic

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levels of personality.

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And what you've got is this complete false dichotomy

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built around nature as deterministic

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at the very bottom of all the causality.

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Of 'life is DNA' and the 'code of codes'

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and the Holy Grail, and everything is driven by it.

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At the other end is a much more social science perspective

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.

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which is: We are 'social organisms'

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and biology is for slime molds;

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humans are free of biology.

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And obviously both views are nonsense.

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What you see instead is that

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it is virtually impossible to understand how biology works

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.

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outside of the context of environment.

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[ It's Genetic ]

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One of the most crazy making yet widespread

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.

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and potentially dangerous notions is:

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“Oh, that behavior is genetic.”

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Now what does that mean? It means all sorts of subtle stuff if you

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.

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know modern biology, but for most people out there

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what it winds up meaning is:

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a deterministic view of life,

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one rooted in biology and genetics.

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Genes equal things that can't be changed.

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Genes equal things that are

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inevitable and that you might as well

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not waste resources trying to fix,

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might as well not put societal energies into trying to improve

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because it's inevitable and it's unchangeable.

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And that is sheer nonsense.

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[ Disease ]

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It is widely thought that

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conditions like ADHD are genetically programmed,

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conditions like schizophrenia are genetically programmed.

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The truth is the opposite. Nothing is genetically programmed.

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.

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There are very rare diseases, a small handful,

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.

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extremely sparsely represented in the population,

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that are truly genetically determined.

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Most complex conditions

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might have a predisposition that has a genetic component,

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but a predisposition is not the same as a predetermination.

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The whole search for the source of diseases in the genome

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was doomed to failure before anybody even thought of it,

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because most diseases are not genetically predetermined.

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Heart disease, cancer, strokes,

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rheumatoid conditions, autoimmune conditions in general,

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mental health conditions, addictions-

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none of them are genetically determined.

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Breast cancer, for example. Out of 100 women with breast cancer

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only seven will carry the breast cancer genes.

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93 do not.

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And out of 100 women who do have the genes

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not all of them will get cancer.

cosmic.synergy 12:37
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[ Behavior ]

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Genes are not just things that make us behave in

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a particular way regardless of our environment.

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Genes give us different ways of responding to our environment.

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And in fact it looks as if some of the early

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childhood influences and the kind of child rearing,

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affect gene expression:

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actually turning on or off different genes

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to put you on a different developmental track

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which may suit the kind of world you've got to deal with.

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So for example,

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a study done in Montreal with suicide victims

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looked at autopsies of the brains of these people.

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And it turned out that if a suicide victim

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(these are usually young adults)

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had been abused as children, the abuse actually

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caused a genetic change in the brain

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that was absent in the brains of people who had not been abused.

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That's an epigenetic effect.

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“Epi” means on top of, so that

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the epigenetic influence is what happens

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environmentally to either activate or deactivate certain genes.

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In New Zealand, there was a study

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that was done in a town called Dunedin,

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in which a few thousand individuals

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were studied from birth into their 20s.

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What they found was that they could identify

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a genetic mutation- an abnormal gene-

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which did have some relation to

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the predisposition to commit violence,

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but only if the individual had also

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been subjected to severe child abuse.

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In other words, children with this abnormal gene

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would be no more likely to be violent than anybody else,

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and in fact, they actually had a lower rate of violence

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than people with normal genes

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as long as they weren't abused as children.

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Great additional example of the ways

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in which genes are not “be all - end all.”

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A fancy technique where you can

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take a specific gene out of a mouse,

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that mouse and its descendants will not have that gene.

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You have ”knocked out” that gene.

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So there's this one gene that encodes for a protein

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that has something to do with learning and memory.

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And with this fabulous demonstration you “knock out” that gene

cigano 15:05
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.

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and you have a mouse that doesn't learn as well.

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“Ooh! A genetic basis for intelligence!”

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What was much less appreciated in that landmark study

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that got picked up by the media left and right,

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is take those genetically impaired mice

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and raise them in a much more enriched

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stimulating environment than your normal mice in a lab cage,

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and they completely overcame that deficit.

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So, when one says in a contemporary sense that

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“Oh, this behavior is genetic”

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to the extent that that's even a valid sort of phrase to use,

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what you're saying is: there is a

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genetic contribution to how this organism responds to environment;

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.

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genes may influence the readiness with which

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an organism will deal with a certain environmental challenge.

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.

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You know, that's not the version most people have in their minds.

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And not to be too 'soap-boxing'

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but run with the old version of “It's genetic!” and

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.

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it's not that far from the history of Eugenics and things of that sort.

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.

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It's a widespread misconception

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and it's a potentially fairly dangerous one.

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One reason that the

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biological explanation for violence,

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one reason that hypothesis is potentially dangerous-

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it's not just misleading it can really do harm-

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.

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is because if you believe that, you could very easily say:

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.

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“Well, there's nothing we can do

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to change the predisposition people have to becoming violent.

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All we can do, if somebody becomes violent is

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punish them- lock them up or execute them-

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.

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but we don't need to worry about changing the

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social environment or the social preconditions

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that may lead people to become violent

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because that's irrelevant.”

cigano 16:58
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The genetic argument allows us the luxury of ignoring

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past and present historical and social factors.

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And in the words of Louis Menand

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who wrote in the New Yorker, very astutely he said:

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.

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“It's all in the genes, an explanation for the way things are

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that does not threaten the way things are.

dwsimeone 17:18
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Why should someone feel unhappy or

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engage in antisocial behavior when that person is living

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.

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in the freest and most prosperous nation on Earth?

cigano 17:28
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It can't be the system.

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There must be a flaw in the wiring somewhere.”

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Which is a good way of putting it.

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So, the genetic argument is simply a cop-out

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which allows us to ignore

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the social and economic and political factors

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that, in fact, underlie many troublesome behaviors.

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.

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[ Case Study: Addiction ]

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Addictions are usually considered to be a drug-related issue.

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.

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But looking at it more broadly, I define addiction as any behavior

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.

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that is associated with craving, with temporary relief

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.

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and with long-term negative consequences

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along with an impairment of control over it, so that the person

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wishes to give it up or promises to do so

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but can't follow through.

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And when you understand that, you see that

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there are many more addictions than simply those related to drugs.

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.

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There's workaholism, addiction to shopping,

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to the Internet; to video games.

cigano 18:30
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There's the addiction to power. People that have power but

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they want more and more; nothing is ever enough for them.

cigano 18:36
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Acquisition - corporations that must own more and more.

dwsimeone 18:40
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The addiction to oil, or at least to the wealth

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and to the products made accessible to us by oil.

cigano 18:47
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.

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Look at the negative consequences on the environment.

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We are destroying the very earth that we inhabit

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for the sake of that addiction. Now, these addictions

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are far more devastating in their social consequences

cigano 18:59
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.

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than the cocaine or heroin habits of my downtown Eastside patients.

dwsimeone 19:04
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Yet, they are rewarded! And considered to be respectable.

tzmofficial 19:08
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The tobacco company executive that shows a higher profit

tzmofficial 19:11
19:14

will get a much bigger reward.

cigano 19:14
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He doesn't face any negative consequences legally or otherwise.

dwsimeone 19:19
19:20

In fact he is a respected member

dwsimeone 19:20
19:24

of the board of several other corporations.

cigano 19:24
19:27

But, tobacco smoke related diseases

dwsimeone 19:27
19:31

kill 5 ½ million people around the world every year.

cigano 19:31
19:35

In the United States they kill 400,000 people a year.

cigano 19:35
19:37

And these people are addicted to what? To profit.

cigano 19:37
19:39

To such a degree that they are addicted

cigano 19:39
19:41

that they are actually in denial

cigano 19:42
19:44

about the impact of their activities

dwsimeone 19:44
19:47

which is typical for addicts, is denial!

cigano 19:47
19:50

And that's a respectable one. It's respectable to be

dwsimeone 19:50
19:52

addicted to profit, no matter what the cost.

tzmofficial 19:52
19:56

So, what is acceptable and what is respectable

dwsimeone 19:56
19:59

is a highly arbitrary phenomenon in our society.

dwsimeone 19:59
20:01

And it seems like the greater the harm

cigano 20:01
20:03

the more respectable the addiction.

cosmic.synergy 20:05
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[ The Myth ]

cigano 20:07
20:10

There is a general myth that drugs, in themselves, are addictive.

cigano 20:10
20:13

In fact, the war on drugs is predicated on the idea

cigano 20:14
20:15

that if you interdict the source of drugs

cigano 20:16
20:18

you can deal with addiction that way.

pscigulinsky 20:18
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Now, if you understand addiction in the broader sense

pscigulinsky 20:21
20:24

we see that nothing in itself is addictive.

tzmofficial 20:24
20:27

No substance, no drug is by itself addictive

pscigulinsky 20:27
20:29

and no behavior is by itself addictive.

pscigulinsky 20:29
20:32

Many people can go shopping without becoming shopaholics.

cigano 20:32
20:34

Not everyone becomes a food addict.

cigano 20:34
20:37

Not everyone who drinks a glass of wine becomes an alcoholic.

dwsimeone 20:37
20:40

So the real issue is: what makes people susceptible?

dwsimeone 20:40
20:43

Because it's the combination of a susceptible individual

cigano 20:44
20:47

and the potentially addictive substance or behavior

pscigulinsky 20:47
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that makes for the full flowering of addiction.

dwsimeone 20:51
20:54

In short, it's not the drug that's addictive,

cigano 20:54
20:57

it's the question of the susceptibility of the individual

dwsimeone 20:57
21:00

to being addicted to a particular substance or behavior.

dwsimeone 21:00
21:02

[ Environment ]

dwsimeone 21:02
21:04

If we wish to understand what then

dwsimeone 21:04
21:06

makes some people susceptible

cigano 21:06
21:08

we actually have to look at the life experience.

dwsimeone 21:08
21:14

The old idea- although it's old but it's still

dwsimeone 21:14
21:17

broadly held- that addictions are due to some genetic cause

dwsimeone 21:17
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is simply scientifically untenable.

cigano 21:20
21:22

What the case is actually is that

cigano 21:22
21:25

certain life experiences make people susceptible.

cigano 21:25
21:29

Life experiences that not only shape the person's

cigano 21:29
21:33

personality and psychological needs

cigano 21:33
21:36

but also their very brains in certain ways.

cigano 21:36
21:39

And that process begins in utero.

cosmic.synergy 21:41
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[ Prenatal ]

dwsimeone 21:43
21:44

It has been shown, for example,

cigano 21:44
21:48

that if you stress mothers during pregnancy

cigano 21:48
21:50

their children are more likely to have traits

dwsimeone 21:50
21:52

that predispose them to addictions.

dwsimeone 21:53
21:55

And that's because development is shaped

cigano 21:55
21:57

by the psychological and social environment.

cosmic.synergy 21:57
22:00

So the biology of human beings is very much affected by

cosmic.synergy 22:00
22:06

and programmed by the life experiences beginning in utero.

pscigulinsky 22:06
22:08

Environment does not begin at birth.

cigano 22:08
22:11

Environment begins as soon as you have an environment.

cigano 22:11
22:14

As soon as you are a fetus, you are subject to

cigano 22:14
22:17

whatever information is coming through mom's circulations.

cigano 22:17
22:19

Hormones, levels of nutrients...

cigano 22:19
22:21

A great landmark example of this is

cigano 22:21
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something called the Dutch Hongerwinter.

cigano 22:24
22:28

In 1944, Nazis occupying Holland

cigano 22:28
22:30

for a bunch of reasons, they decide to take all the food

dwsimeone 22:30
22:32

and divert it to Germany;

cigano 22:32
22:34

for three months everybody there was starving.

cigano 22:34
22:36

Tens of thousands of people starve to death.

cigano 22:36
22:38

What the Dutch hunger winter effect is:

cigano 22:38
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if you were a second or third trimester fetus during the starvation

pscigulinsky 22:43
22:47

your body 'learned' something very unique during that time.

cigano 22:47
22:50

As it turns out, second and third trimester is when

cigano 22:50
22:53

your body is going about trying to learn about the environment:

pscigulinsky 22:53
22:56

How menacing of a place is it out there?

pscigulinsky 22:57
23:00

How plentiful? How much nutrients am I getting

pscigulinsky 23:00
23:02

by way of mom's circulation?

dwsimeone 23:02
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Be a fetus who was starving during that time and

dwsimeone 23:05
23:08

your body programs forever after to be

dwsimeone 23:09
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really, really stingy with your sugar and fat

dwsimeone 23:13
23:16

and what you do is you store every bit of it.

cigano 23:16
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Be a Dutch Hunger Winter fetus and half a century later,

dwsimeone 23:20
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everything else being equal, you are more likely to have

cigano 23:23
23:23

.

cigano 23:23
23:26

high blood pressure, obesity or metabolic syndrome.

dwsimeone 23:26
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That is environment coming in a very unexpected place.

pscigulinsky 23:30
23:34

You can stress animals in the laboratory when they're pregnant

dwsimeone 23:34
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and their offspring will be more likely to use

dwsimeone 23:36
23:38

cocaine and alcohol as adults.

cigano 23:38
23:42

You can stress human mothers. For example, in a British study

cigano 23:42
23:44

women who were abused in pregnancy

dwsimeone 23:44
23:46

will have higher levels of the

dwsimeone 23:46
23:49

stress hormone cortisol in their placenta at birth

pscigulinsky 23:49
23:51

and their children are more likely to have conditions

pscigulinsky 23:52
23:55

that predispose them to addictions by age 7 or 8.

pscigulinsky 23:55
23:58

So in utero stress already prepares the gun

cigano 23:58
24:00

for all kinds of mental health issues.

cigano 24:00
24:04

An Israeli study done on children

pscigulinsky 24:04
24:06

born to mothers who were pregnant

cigano 24:07
24:11

prior to the onset of the 1967 war...

cigano 24:12
24:14

These women, of course, were very stressed

cigano 24:14
24:16

and their offspring have a higher incidence of schizophrenia

pscigulinsky 24:16
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than the average cohort.

dwsimeone 24:18
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So, there is plenty of evidence now that prenatal effects

dwsimeone 24:22
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have a huge impact on the developing human being.

dwsimeone 24:28
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[ Infancy ]

dwsimeone 24:30
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The point about human development and specifically

dwsimeone 24:32
24:33

human brain development is that it occurs mostly

dwsimeone 24:34
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under the impact of the environment and mostly after birth.

dwsimeone 24:37
24:37

.

pscigulinsky 24:37
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Now, if you compare us to a horse

pscigulinsky 24:39
24:41

which can run on the first day of life

dwsimeone 24:41
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we see that we are very undeveloped.

dwsimeone 24:45
24:49

We can't muster that much neurological coordination

pscigulinsky 24:49
24:52

balance, muscle strength, visual acuity

pscigulinsky 24:52
24:54

until a year and a half, two years of age.

pscigulinsky 24:54
24:56

That's because the brain development in the horse

tzmofficial 24:56
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happens in the safety of the womb

dwsimeone 24:58
25:01

and in the human being, it has to happen after birth,

claudiaheugel 25:01
25:04

and that has to do with simple evolutionary logic.

dwsimeone 25:04
25:07

As the head gets larger, which is what makes us into human beings-

dwsimeone 25:07
25:10

the burgeoning of the forebrain

dwsimeone 25:10
25:12

is what creates the human species, actually.

dwsimeone 25:13
25:16

At the same time we walk on two legs, so our pelvis narrows

dwsimeone 25:16
25:20

to accommodate that. So now we have a narrower pelvis, a larger head- ...

cigano 25:20
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.

dwsimeone 25:20
25:22

Bingo! We have to be born prematurely.

cigano 25:22
25:24

And that means the brain development that in other animals

cigano 25:25
25:28

occurs in utero, in us, occurs after birth

cigano 25:28
25:28

.

dwsimeone 25:28
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and much of that under the impact of the environment.

dwsimeone 25:32
25:34

The concept of Neural Darwinism simply means

claudiaheugel 25:35
25:37

that the circuits that get the appropriate input from the environment

claudiaheugel 25:38
25:40

will develop optimally and the ones that don't

claudiaheugel 25:41
25:43

will either not develop optimally or perhaps not at all.

claudiaheugel 25:43
25:46

If you take a child with perfectly good eyes at birth

cigano 25:46
25:48

and you put him in a dark room for five years

cigano 25:48
25:50

he will be blind thereafter for the rest of his life

dwsimeone 25:51
25:55

because the circuits of vision require light waves for their development,

dwsimeone 25:55
25:58

and without that even the rudimentary circuits

cigano 25:58
26:00

present and active at birth

dwsimeone 26:00
26:03

will atrophy and die and new ones will not develop.

cosmic.synergy 26:05
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[ Memory ]

cigano 26:07
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There is a significant way in which

dwsimeone 26:10
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early experiences shape adult behavior,

dwsimeone 26:15
26:18

and even and especially

cigano 26:18
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early experiences for which there is no recall memory.

cigano 26:21
26:23

It turns out that there are two kinds of memory:

cigano 26:24
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there is explicit memory which is recall;

cigano 26:26
26:29

this is when you can call back facts,

dwsimeone 26:29
26:32

details, episodes, circumstances.

cigano 26:32
26:35

But the structure in the brain which is called the hippocampus

cigano 26:35
26:37

which encodes recall memory

cigano 26:37
26:40

doesn't even begin to develop fully until a year and a half

cigano 26:40
26:42

and it is not fully developed until much later.

dwsimeone 26:42
26:44

Which is why hardly anybody has any recall memory

dwsimeone 26:45
26:47

prior to 18 months.

cigano 26:47
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But there is another kind of memory which is called implicit memory

cigano 26:49
26:49

.

dwsimeone 26:49
26:52

which is in fact, an emotional memory

cigano 26:52
26:56

where the emotional impact and the interpretation the child makes

dwsimeone 26:56
26:59

of those emotional experiences are ingrained in the brain

cigano 26:59
27:03

in the form of nerve circuits ready to fire without specific recall.

cigano 27:03
27:03

.

cosmic.synergy 27:03
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So to give you a clear example, people who are adopted

cigano 27:06
27:06

.

cigano 27:06
27:09

have a lifelong sense of rejection very often.

dwsimeone 27:09
27:11

They can't recall the adoption.

cigano 27:11
27:13

They can't recall the separation of the birth mother

tzmofficial 27:13
27:15

because there's nothing there to recall with.

cigano 27:15
27:18

But the emotional memory of separation and rejection

cigano 27:18
27:20

is deeply embedded in their brains.

cigano 27:21
27:24

Hence, they are much more likely to experience a sense of rejection

cigano 27:24
27:24

.

cigano 27:24
27:26

and a great emotional upset

cigano 27:26
27:30

when they perceive themselves as being rejected by other people.

cigano 27:30
27:30

.

cigano 27:30
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That's not unique to people who are adopted

cigano 27:32
27:33

but it is particularly strong in them

cigano 27:33
27:36

because of this function of implicit memory.

dwsimeone 27:36
27:39

People who are addicted, given ...

dwsimeone 27:39
27:42

all the research literature and in my experience,

cigano 27:42
27:46

the hard-core addicts virtually were all

cigano 27:47
27:49

significantly abused as children

cigano 27:49
27:51

or suffered severe emotional loss.

cigano 27:51
27:53

Their emotional or implicit memories

dwsimeone 27:54
27:56

are those of a world that's not safe

dwsimeone 27:57
28:00

and not helpful, caregivers who were not to be trusted

cigano 28:00
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and relationships that are not

dwsimeone 28:04
28:06

safe enough to open up to vulnerably.

dwsimeone 28:06
28:07

And hence their responses tend to be

dwsimeone 28:07
28:12

to keep themselves separate from really intimate relationships;

cigano 28:12
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.

cigano 28:12
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not to trust caregivers, doctors

dwsimeone 28:14
28:16

and other people who are trying to help them

cigano 28:17
28:20

and generally see the world as an unsafe place.

dwsimeone 28:20
28:24

And that is strictly a function of implicit memory

dwsimeone 28:24
28:29

which sometimes has to do with incidents they don't even recall.

cosmic.synergy 28:32
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[ Touch ]

dwsimeone 28:34
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Infants who are born premature are often in incubators

cigano 28:37
28:39

and various types of gadgetry and machinery

dwsimeone 28:39
28:42

for weeks and perhaps months.

dwsimeone 28:42
28:44

It's now known that if these children

dwsimeone 28:44
28:47

are touched and stroked on the back for just 10 minutes a day,

dwsimeone 28:47
28:49

that promotes their brain development.

cigano 28:49
28:52

So, human touch is essential for development

cigano 28:52
28:56

and in fact, infants who are never picked up will actually die.

cigano 28:56
28:59

That is how much of a fundamental need

cigano 28:59
29:01

being held is to human beings.

dwsimeone 29:01
29:04

In our society, there is an unfortunate tendency

cigano 29:04
29:07

to tell parents not to pick up their kids, not to hold them,

dwsimeone 29:07
29:12

not to pick up babies who are crying for fear of spoiling them or

dwsimeone 29:12
29:16

to encourage them to sleep through the night- you don't pick them up-

cigano 29:16
29:16

.

dwsimeone 29:16
29:18

which is just the opposite of what the child needs.

dwsimeone 29:18
29:21

And these children might go back to sleep because they give up

cigano 29:22
29:24

and their brains just shut down as a way of

cigano 29:25
29:27

defending against the vulnerability

cigano 29:27
29:29

of being abandoned really by their parents.

cigano 29:30
29:32

But their implicit memories will be

cigano 29:32
29:34

that of the world that doesn't give a damn.

cosmic.synergy 29:35
29:37

[ Childhood ]

tzmofficial 29:37
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A lot of these differences are structured very early in life.

dwsimeone 29:43
29:48

In a way, the parental experience of adversity-

cigano 29:48
29:52

how tough life is or how easy it is- is passed on to children

cigano 29:52
29:52

.

dwsimeone 29:52
29:55

whether through maternal depression

dwsimeone 29:55
29:57

or parents being bad tempered with their kids because they have

cigano 29:58
29:58

.

cigano 29:58
30:02

had a hard day or just being too tired at the end of the day.

dwsimeone 30:02
30:05

And these have very powerful effects

dwsimeone 30:05
30:09

programming children's development, which we know a lot about now.

cigano 30:09
30:14

But that early sensitivity isn't just an evolutionary mistake.

cigano 30:14
30:17

It exists again in many different species.

cigano 30:17
30:20

Even in seedlings, there's an early adaptive process

dwsimeone 30:20
30:22

to the kind of environment they are growing up in.

dwsimeone 30:22
30:28

But for humans, the adaptation is to the quality of social relations.

cigano 30:28
30:30

And so, early life:

dwsimeone 30:31
30:35

how nurturing, how much conflict, how much attention you get-

dwsimeone 30:36
30:40

is a taster of the kind of world you may be growing up in.

dwsimeone 30:40
30:41

Are you growing up in a world where you have to

dwsimeone 30:42
30:44

fight for what you can get, watch your back,

dwsimeone 30:44
30:47

fend for yourself, learn not to trust others?

dwsimeone 30:47
30:50

Or are you growing up in a society where you depend on

dwsimeone 30:50
30:55

reciprocity, mutuality, cooperation, where empathy is important,

cigano 30:55
30:58

where your security depends on good relations with other people?

dwsimeone 30:59
31:03

And that needs a very different emotional and cognitive development.

cigano 31:03
31:03

.

dwsimeone 31:03
31:06

And that's what the early sensitivity is about.

dwsimeone 31:06
31:10

And parenting is almost- quite unconsciously-

dwsimeone 31:10
31:13

a system for passing on that experience to children,

dwsimeone 31:14
31:15

of the kind of world they are in.

dwsimeone 31:16
31:20

The great British child psychiatrist, D.W. Winnicott, said

cigano 31:20
31:23

that fundamentally, two things can go wrong in childhood.

cigano 31:23
31:26

One is when things happen that shouldn't happen

cigano 31:26
31:29

and then things that should happen but don't.

cosmic.synergy 31:29
31:33

In the first category, is the traumatic and abusive

cigano 31:33
31:36

and abandonment experiences of my

dwsimeone 31:36
31:39

downtown Eastside patients and of many addicts.

tzmofficial 31:39
31:41

That's what shouldn't happen but did.

dwsimeone 31:42
31:46

But then there is the non-stressed, attuned,

dwsimeone 31:46
31:51

non-distracted attention of the parent that every child needs

cigano 31:51
31:51

.

cigano 31:51
31:53

that very often children don't get.

cigano 31:53
31:55

They're not abused. They are not neglected

cigano 31:55
31:57

and they're not traumatized.

dwsimeone 31:58
31:59

But what should happen-

cigano 31:59
32:02

the presence of the emotionally available nurturing parent-

dwsimeone 32:02
32:04

just is not available to them because

dwsimeone 32:04
32:07

of the stresses in our society and the parenting environment.

wurmd 32:08
32:14

The psychologist Allan Schore calls that "Proximal Abandonment"

dwsimeone 32:14
32:18

when the parent is physically present but emotionally absent.

cigano 32:19
32:19

.

dwsimeone 32:20
32:22

I have spent

dwsimeone 32:23
32:26

roughly the last 40 years of my life

cigano 32:27
32:31

working with the most violent of people our society produces:

cigano 32:32
32:34

murderers, rapists and so on.

dwsimeone 32:34
32:37

In an attempt to understand what causes this violence,

dwsimeone 32:38
32:42

I discovered that the most violent of the criminals in our prisons

dwsimeone 32:42
32:45

had themselves been victims

dwsimeone 32:45
32:48

of a degree of child abuse that was beyond the scale

dwsimeone 32:48
32:51

of what I ever thought of applying the term child abuse to.

cigano 32:51
32:54

I had no idea of the depth

cigano 32:54
32:58

of the depravity with which children in our society

dwsimeone 32:58
33:00

are all too often treated.

dwsimeone 33:01
33:04

The most violent people I saw were themselves the survivors

dwsimeone 33:04
33:07

of their own attempted murder often at the hands of their

dwsimeone 33:07
33:11

parents or other people in their social environment

dwsimeone 33:11
33:14

or were the survivors of family members who had been killed-

dwsimeone 33:14
33:18

their closest family members- by other people.

cigano 33:19
33:23

The Buddha argued that everything depends on everything else.

dwsimeone 33:23
33:26

He says 'The one contains the many and the many contains the one.'

dwsimeone 33:26
33:30

That you can't understand anything in isolation from its environment.

dwsimeone 33:30
33:36

The leaf contains the sun, the sky and the earth, obviously.

cigano 33:38
33:41

This has now been shown to be true, of course all around

cigano 33:41
33:44

and specifically when it comes to human development.

dwsimeone 33:44
33:46

The modern scientific term for it

cigano 33:47
33:49

is the "bio-psycho-social" nature of human development

cigano 33:49
33:52

which says that the biology of human beings

cigano 33:52
33:54

depends very much on their interaction with

cigano 33:54
33:56

the social and psychological environment.

cigano 33:56
34:02

And specifically, the psychiatrist and researcher

cigano 34:02
34:06

Daniel Siegel at the University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA

cigano 34:06
34:10

has coined a phrase “Interpersonal Neurobiology”

cigano 34:10
34:14

which means to say that the way that our nervous system functions

dwsimeone 34:14
34:17

depends very much on our personal relationships:

dwsimeone 34:17
34:19

in the first place with the parenting caregivers,

dwsimeone 34:20
34:21

and in the second place with other important

dwsimeone 34:22
34:23

attachment figures in our lives

dwsimeone 34:23
34:25

and in the third place, with our entire culture.

cigano 34:26
34:28

So that you can't separate the

cigano 34:28
34:31

neurological functioning of a human being

cigano 34:31
34:34

from the environment in which he or she grew up in

cigano 34:35
34:37

and continues to exist in.

dwsimeone 34:37
34:40

And this is true throughout the life cycle.

dwsimeone 34:40
34:42

It's particularly true when you are

cigano 34:42
34:44

dependent and helpless when your brain is developing

cigano 34:44
34:48

but it's true even in adults and even at the end of life.

wurmd 34:51
34:53

[ Culture ]

dwsimeone 34:53
34:56

Human beings have lived in almost every kind of society,

dwsimeone 34:56
34:59

from the most egalitarian-

dwsimeone 34:59
35:03

hunting and gathering societies seem to have been very egalitarian-

dwsimeone 35:03
35:06

for instance based on food sharing, gift exchange...

dwsimeone 35:06
35:09

Small bands of people living

dwsimeone 35:09
35:13

predominately off of foraging and a little bit of hunting,

dwsimeone 35:13
35:15

predominantly among people you have

dwsimeone 35:15
35:17

at the least, known your entire life

dwsimeone 35:17
35:20

if not surrounded by third cousins or closer,

dwsimeone 35:20
35:22

in a world in which there is a great deal

dwsimeone 35:22
35:24

of fluidity between different groups,

dwsimeone 35:24
35:25

in a world which there is not

dwsimeone 35:25
35:28

a whole lot in terms of material culture...

tzmofficial 35:28
35:30

this is how humans have spent most of their hominid history.

dwsimeone 35:31
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And, no surprise, that makes for a very different world.

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One of the things you get as a result of that is far less violence.

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Organized group violence is

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not something that occurred at that time

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of human history and that seems quite clear.

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So where did we go wrong?

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Violence is not universal. It is not symmetrically distributed

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throughout the human race. There is a huge variation

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in the amount of violence in different societies.

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There are some societies that have virtually no violence.

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There are others that destroy themselves!

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Some of the Anabaptist religious groups

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that are complete strict pacifists

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like the Amish, the Mennonites, the Hutterites...

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Among some of these groups, the Hutterites-

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there are no recorded cases of homicide.

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During our major wars, like World War II

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where people were being drafted

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they would refuse to serve in the military.

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They would go to prison rather than serve in the military.

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In the Kibbutzim in Israel

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the level of violence is so low that the criminal courts there

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will often send violent offenders

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-people who have committed crimes-

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to live on the Kibbutzim in order to

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learn how to live a non-violent life.

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Because that's the way people live there.

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So, we are amply shaped by society.

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Our societies, in the broader sense, including our theological,

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our metaphysical, our linguistic influences, etc.,

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our societies help shape us as to whether or not we think

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life is basically about sin or about beauty;

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whether the afterlife will carry a price

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for how we live our lives or if it's irrelevant.

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In a broad sort of way, different large societies

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could be termed as individualistic or collectivist, and

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you get very different people and different mindsets and

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.

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I suspect different brains coming along with that.

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We, in America, are in one of the most individualistic of societies,

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with capitalism being a system that allows you to go

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higher and higher up a potential pyramid and

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the deal is that it comes with fewer and fewer safety nets.

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By definition, the more stratified a society is,

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the fewer people you have as peers; the fewer people with whom

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you have symmetrical, reciprocal relationships

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and instead, all you have are differing spots and endless hierarchies.

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A world in which you have few reciprocal partners

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is a world with a lot less altruism.

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[Human Nature]

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So, this brings us to a total impossible juncture which is

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to try to make sense in perspective science

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as to what that nature is of human nature.

tzmofficial 38:28
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You know, on a certain level

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the nature of our nature is not to be

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particularly constrained by our nature.

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We come up with more social

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variability than any species out there.

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More systems of belief, of styles, of family structures,

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of ways of raising children. The capacity

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for variety that we have is extraordinary.

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38:55

In a society which is predicated on competition

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and really, very often, the ruthless exploitation

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of one human being by another-

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the profiteering off of other people's problems

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and very often the creation of problems

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for the purpose of profiteering-

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the ruling ideology will very often justify that behavior

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by appeals to some fundamental and unalterable human nature.

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So the myth in our society

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is that people are competitive by nature

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and that they are individualistic and that they're selfish.

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The real reality is quite the opposite.

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We have certain human needs.

tzmofficial 39:31
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The only way that you can talk about human nature concretely

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is by recognizing that there are certain human needs.

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We have a human need for companionship and for close contact,

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to be loved, to be attached to, to be accepted,

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to be seen, to be received for who we are.

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If those needs are met, we develop

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into people who are compassionate and cooperative and

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who have empathy for other people.

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So...

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the opposite, that we often see in our society,

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is in fact, a distortion of human nature

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precisely because so few people have their needs met.

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So, yes you can talk about human nature

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but only in the sense of basic human needs

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that are instinctively evoked

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or I should say, certain human needs

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that lead to certain traits if they are met

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and a different set of traits if they are denied.

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So...

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when we recognize the fact that the human organism,

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which has a great deal of adaptive flexibility

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allowing us to survive in many different conditions,

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is also rigidly programmed for certain environmental requirements

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or human needs,

tzmofficial 40:44
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a social imperative begins to emerge.

dwsimeone 40:47
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Just as our bodies require physical nutrients,

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the human brain demands positive forms of environmental stimulus

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at all stages of development,

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while also needing to be protected

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from other negative forms of stimulus.

tzmofficial 41:03
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And if things that should happen, do not...

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or if things that shouldn't happen, do...

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it is now apparent that the door can be opened for not only

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a cascade of mental and physical diseases

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but many detrimental human behaviors as well.

dwsimeone 41:18
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So, as we turn our perspective now outward

dwsimeone 41:21
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and take account for the state of affairs today,

cigano 41:23
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we must ask the question:

tzmofficial 41:26
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Is the condition we have created in the modern world

tzmofficial 41:28
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actually supporting our health?

dwsimeone 41:31
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Is the bedrock of our socioeconomic system

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acting as a positive force

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for human and social development and progress?

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Or, is the foundational gravitation of our society

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actually going against the core evolutionary requirements

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needed to create and maintain

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our personal and social well-being?

tzmofficial 42:11
42:17

[Part II: Social Pathology]

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So, one might ask where did this all begin?

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what we have today... really a world in a state of

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cumulative collapse.

tzmofficial 42:27
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[The Market]

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You get it started with John Locke.

dwsimeone 42:33
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And John Locke introduces property.

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He has three provisos for just private right and property.

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And the three provisos are:

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There must be enough left over for others

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and that you must not let it spoil

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and that you, most of all, must mix your labor with it.

dwsimeone 42:51
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It seems justified- you mix your labor with the world

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then you are entitled to the product.

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And as long as there's enough left over for others

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and as long as it doesn't spoil

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and you don't allow anything to go to waste then that's okay.

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He spends a long time on his famous Treatises of Government

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and it's since been the canonical text

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for economic and political and legal understanding.

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It is still the classic text that's studied.

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Well, ... after he gives the provisos

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and you're almost thinking at the time

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whether you are for private property or not-

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he has given a very good and plausible and powerful defense

dwsimeone 43:28
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of private property here-

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Well, he drops them!

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He drops them like that. Right in one sentence.

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He says, 'Well, once the introduction

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of money came in by men's tacit consent..." then it became-

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.

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and he doesn't say all the provisos are canceled or erased-

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but that's what happens.

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So, now we have not

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product and your property earned by your own labor-

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oh no- money buys labor now.

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There is no longer consideration

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whether there is enough left over for others;

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there is no longer consideration of whether it spoils-

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because he says money is like silver and gold and gold can't spoil-

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.

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and therefore money can't be responsible for waste...

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which is ridiculous. We are not talking about money and silver,

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we are talking about what its effects are.

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It's one non sequitur after another.

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Just the most startling

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logical legerdemain that he gets away with here.

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But it fits the interests of capital owners.

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Then Adam Smith comes along

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and what he adds is the religion to this...

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Locke started with 'God made it all this way- this is God's right...'

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.

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and now we get also with Smith saying 'it's not only God's...'

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.

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well, he's not actually saying this but this is

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what's happening philosophically, in principle-

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he's saying that 'it is not only a question of private property...'

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That's all now 'presupposed'- It's Given!

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And that there's 'money investors that buy labor' – Given!

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There's no limit to how much they can buy of other men's labor,

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how much they can accumulate, how much 'inequality'-

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that's all given now.

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And so he comes along and what his big idea is-

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and again it's just introduced in parentheses, in passing...

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You know, when people put out goods for sale- ... the supply-

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and other people buy them- the demand and so forth,

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how do we have supply equaling demand or demand equaling supply?

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.

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How can they come into equilibrium?

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And that is one of the central notions of economics,

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is how do they come into equilibrium.

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And he says: it's the “Invisible Hand of the Market”

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that brings them into equilibrium.

tzmofficial 45:34
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So, now we have God as actually immanent!

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He just didn't give the rights to property

dwsimeone 45:40
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and all its wherewithal and its "natural rights"

dwsimeone 45:45
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regarding what Locke said...

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now we have the system itself AS "God".

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In fact, Smith says, when he talks

dwsimeone 45:54
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and you'll never find this quote, and you have to read the whole of

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the Inquiry into the Wealth of Nations to find it.

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He says: 'the scantiness of subsistence

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sets limits to the reproduction of the poor

tzmofficial 46:06
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and that nature can deal with this in no other way

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than elimination of their children.'

tzmofficial 46:14
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So he anticipated evolutionary theory in the worst sense...

dwsimeone 46:19
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this is well before Darwin.

dwsimeone 46:20
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And so he called them the 'Race of Laborers'.

dwsimeone 46:23
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So you can see: there was inherent racism built in here,

dwsimeone 46:27
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there was an inherent life blindness to kill innumerable children.

dwsimeone 46:34
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.

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And he thought: 'That's the Invisible Hand making supply

dwsimeone 46:37
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meet demand and demand meet supply.'

dwsimeone 46:40
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So, see- how wise "God" is?

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So you can see a lot of the really virulent

dwsimeone 46:46
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life destructive, eco-genocidal things

dwsimeone 46:50
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that are going on now have, in a way,

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a 'thought gene' back in Smith too.

dwsimeone 47:00
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When we reflect on the original concept of

dwsimeone 47:02
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the so-called free market capitalist system

dwsimeone 47:05
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as initiated by early economic philosophers

dwsimeone 47:08
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such as Adam Smith

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we see that the original intent of a “market”

tzmofficial 47:12
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was based around real, tangible, life supporting goods for trade.

dwsimeone 47:17
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Adam Smith never fathomed that the most

dwsimeone 47:19
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profitable economic sector on the planet

dwsimeone 47:22
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would eventually be in the arena of financial trading

dwsimeone 47:25
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or so-called investment, where money itself is simply

dwsimeone 47:28
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,

dwsimeone 47:28
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gained by the movement of other money in an arbitrary game

dwsimeone 47:31
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.

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which holds zero productive merit to society.

dwsimeone 47:35
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Yet, regardless of Smith's intent

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the door for such seemingly anomalous advents

tzmofficial 47:40
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was left wide open by one fundamental tenet of this theory:

dwsimeone 47:45
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Money is treated as a Commodity, in and of itself.

dwsimeone 47:50
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Today, in every economy of the world

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regardless of the social system they claim

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money is pursued for the sake of money and nothing else.

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The underlying idea, which was mysteriously qualified

dwsimeone 48:01
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by Adam Smith with his religious declaration of the 'Invisible Hand'

dwsimeone 48:07
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.

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is that the narrow, self-interested pursuit

dwsimeone 48:10
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of this fictional commodity will somehow

dwsimeone 48:13
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.

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magically manifest human and social well-being and progress.

dwsimeone 48:18
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The reality is that the monetary incentive 'interest'

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or what some have termed the "Money Sequence of Value”

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has now completely decoupled from the foundational

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'life interest', which could be termed the

dwsimeone 48:32
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"Life Sequence of Value".

dwsimeone 48:34
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What has happened is that there is a complete confusion

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in economic doctrine between those two sequences.

dwsimeone 48:42
48:42

.

dwsimeone 48:42
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They think that the Money Sequence of Value

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delivers the Life Sequence of Value.

dwsimeone 48:47
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And that's why they say if more goods are sold,

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if GDPs rise and so forth...

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there would be more enhanced well-being

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and we could take the GDP as being our basic layer indicator

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.

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of social health. Well, there you see the confusion.

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It's talking about Money Sequences of Value-

dwsimeone 49:03
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that is, all the receipts and all the revenues

dwsimeone 49:05
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that are derived from selling goods-

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and they're confusing that with life reproduction.

dwsimeone 49:11
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So, you have built right into this thing from the beginning

dwsimeone 49:15
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a complete conflation of the money

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49:20

and life sequences of value. So,

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we are dealing with a kind of structured delusion

tzmofficial 49:24
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which becomes more and more deadly

tzmofficial 49:26
49:29

as the money sequence decouples from producing

dwsimeone 49:29
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anything at all. So it's a system disorder.

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.

dwsimeone 49:33
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And the system disorder seems to be fatal.

tzmofficial 49:38
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[Welcome to the Machine]

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In society today, you seldom hear anyone speak

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of the progress of their country or society

tzmofficial 49:47
49:50

in terms of their physical well-being, state of happiness,

tzmofficial 49:51
49:53

trust or social stability.

dwsimeone 49:53
49:55

Rather, the measures are presented to us

dwsimeone 49:55
49:57

through economic abstractions.

dwsimeone 49:57
50:01

We have the gross domestic product, the consumer price index,

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50:04

the value of the stock market, rates of inflation,

dwsimeone 50:04
50:05

and so on.

dwsimeone 50:05
50:08

But does this tell us anything of real value

cigano 50:08
50:11

as to the quality of peoples' lives?

dwsimeone 50:11
50:13

No. All of these measures have to do with

cigano 50:13
50:16

the money sequence itself and nothing more.

dwsimeone 50:17
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For example, the Gross Domestic Product of a country

cigano 50:20
50:23

is a measure of the value of goods and services sold.

cigano 50:23
50:25

This measure is claimed to correlate to the

cigano 50:26
50:28

“standard of living” of a country's people.

dwsimeone 50:29
50:31

In the United States health care accounted

dwsimeone 50:31
50:34

for over 17% of GDP in 2009

dwsimeone 50:35
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amounting to over $2.5 trillion spent,

dwsimeone 50:38
50:41

hence creating a positive effect on this economic measure.

dwsimeone 50:41
50:45

And, based on this logic it would be even better for the US economy

cigano 50:45
50:45

.

cigano 50:45
50:48

if health care services increased more so...

dwsimeone 50:48
50:50

perhaps to $3 trillion or 5 trillion,

dwsimeone 50:51
50:52

since that would create more growth,

dwsimeone 50:53
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more jobs and hence boasted by economists

cigano 50:55
50:58

as a rise in their country's standard of living.

dwsimeone 50:59
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But- ... wait a minute.

tzmofficial 51:00
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What do health care services actually represent?

tzmofficial 51:04
51:07

Well, SICK AND DYING PEOPLE.

dwsimeone 51:07
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That's right: the more unhealthy people there are in America

dwsimeone 51:11
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the better the economy.

cigano 51:13
51:17

Now, that is not an exaggeration or a cynical perspective.

dwsimeone 51:17
51:21

In fact, if we step back far enough you will realize that the GDP

cigano 51:21
51:21

.

dwsimeone 51:21
51:23

not only doesn't reflect real public or social health

dwsimeone 51:24
51:25

on any tangible level,

dwsimeone 51:25
51:28

it is, in fact, mostly a measure

cigano 51:28
51:32

of industrial inefficiency and social degradation.

cigano 51:32
51:32

.

dwsimeone 51:32
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And the more you see it rise, the worse things are becoming

dwsimeone 51:35
51:38

with respect to personal, social

tzmofficial 51:38
51:40

and environmental integrity.

cigano 51:40
51:44

You have to create problems to create profit.

dwsimeone 51:44
51:47

There is no profit under the current paradigm

dwsimeone 51:47
51:50

in saving lives, putting balance on this planet,

cigano 51:50
51:53

having justice and peace or anything else.

dwsimeone 51:53
51:55

There is just no profit there.

dwsimeone 51:56
51:59

There's an old saying: 'Pass a law and create a business.'

cigano 52:00
52:00

.

dwsimeone 52:00
52:02

Whether you are creating a business for a lawyer or whatever.

dwsimeone 52:02
52:05

So, crime does create business

dwsimeone 52:05
52:08

just like destruction creates business in Haiti.

cigano 52:08
52:08

.

dwsimeone 52:08
52:12

We have now roughly 2 million people incarcerated

dwsimeone 52:12
52:13

in this country (USA)

dwsimeone 52:13
52:17

and of those many are in prisons run by private corporations:

dwsimeone 52:17
52:17

.

dwsimeone 52:17
52:19

Corrections Corporation of America, Wackenhut,

dwsimeone 52:19
52:21

who trade their stock on Wall Street

dwsimeone 52:21
52:24

based upon how many people are in jail.

dwsimeone 52:24
52:26

Now that's sickness!

dwsimeone 52:26
52:28

But that is a reflection

dwsimeone 52:28
52:31

of what this economic paradigm calls for.

cigano 52:32
52:35

So what exactly does this economic paradigm call for?

cigano 52:35
52:39

What is it that keeps our economic system going?

tzmofficial 52:39
52:40

Consumption.

cigano 52:40
52:44

Or more accurately- Cyclical Consumption.

dwsimeone 52:44
52:47

When we break down the foundation of classic market economics

cigano 52:47
52:47

.

dwsimeone 52:47
52:50

we are left with a pattern of monetary exchange

dwsimeone 52:50
52:52

that simply cannot be allowed to stop

dwsimeone 52:52
52:54

or even substantially slowed

cigano 52:54
52:58

if the society as we know it is to remain operational.

cigano 52:58
52:58

.

cigano 52:58
53:01

There are three main actors on the economic stage:

cigano 53:01
53:04

the employee, the employer and the consumer.

cigano 53:04
53:04

.

tzmofficial 53:04
53:07

The employee sells labor to the employer for income.

dwsimeone 53:08
53:10

The employer sells its production services and hence goods,

dwsimeone 53:11
53:12

to the consumer for income.

dwsimeone 53:13
53:15

And the consumer, of course, is simply another role

dwsimeone 53:15
53:17

of the employer and employee,

dwsimeone 53:17
53:19

spending back into the system

cigano 53:19
53:22

to enable the cyclical consumption to continue.

dwsimeone 53:22
53:25

In other words, the global market system is based

dwsimeone 53:25
53:27

on the assumption that there will always be enough

dwsimeone 53:27
53:31

product demand in a society to move enough money around

dwsimeone 53:31
53:31

.

dwsimeone 53:31
53:34

at a rate which can keep the consumption process going.

cigano 53:35
53:36

And the faster the rate of consumption

dwsimeone 53:36
53:39

the more so-called economic growth is assumed

cigano 53:39
53:41

and so the machine goes...

tzmofficial 53:42
53:43

But, hold on-

tzmofficial 53:43
53:46

I thought an economy was meant to, I don't know...

cigano 53:46
53:48

“Economize”?

cigano 53:48
53:51

Doesn't the very term have to do with preservation

dwsimeone 53:51
53:54

and efficiency and a reduction of waste?

tzmofficial 53:54
53:58

So how does our system, which demands consumption

dwsimeone 53:58
54:00

and the more the better, efficiently preserve

dwsimeone 54:00
54:02

or “Economize” at all?

tzmofficial 54:03
54:04

Well... it doesn't.

dwsimeone 54:05
54:08

The intent of the market system is, in fact, the exact opposite

dwsimeone 54:08
54:11

of what a real economy is supposed to do,

cigano 54:11
54:13

which is efficiently and conservatively

dwsimeone 54:13
54:15

orient the materials for production and distribution

dwsimeone 54:15
54:18

of life supporting goods.

dwsimeone 54:18
54:21

We live on a finite planet, with finite resources

dwsimeone 54:21
54:23

where, for example, the oil we utilize

dwsimeone 54:23
54:25

took millions of years to develop...

cigano 54:25
54:29

where the minerals we use took billions of years to develop.

dwsimeone 54:29
54:32

So...having a system that deliberately promotes

dwsimeone 54:33
54:34

the acceleration of consumption

cigano 54:35
54:38

for the sake of so-called “economic growth”

cigano 54:38
54:41

is pure ecocidal insanity.

cigano 54:42
54:45

Absence of waste, that's what efficiency is.

dwsimeone 54:45
54:46

Absence of waste?

dwsimeone 54:47
54:50

This system is more wasteful than all the other

dwsimeone 54:50
54:52

existing systems in the history of the planet.

dwsimeone 54:52
54:55

Every level of life organization and life system

dwsimeone 54:55
54:58

is in a state of crisis and challenge

cigano 54:58
55:00

and decay or collapse.

dwsimeone 55:00
55:03

No peer-reviewed journal in the last 30 years

dwsimeone 55:03
55:05

will tell you anything different:

dwsimeone 55:05
55:09

that is that every life system is in decline

cigano 55:09
55:13

as well as social programs... as well as our water access.

cigano 55:13
55:13

.

dwsimeone 55:13
55:17

Try to name any means of life that isn't threatened and endangered.

dwsimeone 55:17
55:17

.

dwsimeone 55:17
55:18

You can't.

dwsimeone 55:19
55:21

There really isn't one and that's very, very despairing.

tzmofficial 55:21
55:24

But we haven't even figured out the causal mechanism.

cigano 55:24
55:26

We don't want to face the causal mechanism.

tzmofficial 55:26
55:29

We just want to go on. You know that's what insanity is

cigano 55:29
55:32

where you keep doing the same thing over and over again

cigano 55:32
55:34

even though it clearly doesn't work.

dwsimeone 55:35
55:37

So you're really

cigano 55:37
55:39

dealing with not an economic system

dwsimeone 55:39
55:43

but I would go so far as to say an anti-economic system.

tzmofficial 55:44
55:47

[ The Anti-Economy ]

cigano 55:47
55:51

There is an old saying that the competitive market model seeks to

cigano 55:51
55:51

.

cigano 55:51
55:55

“create the best possible goods at the lowest possible prices”.

tzmofficial 55:55
55:58

This statement is essentially the incentive concept

dwsimeone 55:58
56:02

which justifies market competition, based on the assumption

cigano 56:02
56:02

.

dwsimeone 56:02
56:06

that the result is the production of higher quality goods.

tzmofficial 56:06
56:08

If I was going to build myself a table from scratch

dwsimeone 56:09
56:11

I would naturally build it out of the best

cigano 56:11
56:13

most durable materials possible, right?

cigano 56:13
56:16

With the intent for it to last as long as possible.

cigano 56:16
56:18

Why would I want to make something poor

cigano 56:18
56:20

knowing I would have to eventually do it again

tzmofficial 56:20
56:24

and expend more materials and more energy?

dwsimeone 56:24
56:28

Well, as rational as that may seem in the physical world,

tzmofficial 56:28
56:29

when it comes to the market world

cigano 56:29
56:32

it is not only explicitly irrational

cigano 56:32
56:34

it is not even an option.

cigano 56:34
56:37

It is technically impossible to produce the best of anything

cigano 56:37
56:37

.

tzmofficial 56:37
56:40

if a company is to maintain a competitive edge

cigano 56:40
56:43

and hence remain affordable to the consumer.

cigano 56:43
56:45

Literally everything created and set for sale

dwsimeone 56:45
56:48

in the global economy is immediately inferior

dwsimeone 56:48
56:50

the moment it is produced,

cigano 56:50
56:53

for it is a mathematical impossibility

cigano 56:53
56:55

to make the most scientifically advanced

cigano 56:55
56:58

efficient and strategically sustainable products.

cigano 56:59
57:01

This is due to the fact that the market system

cigano 57:01
57:03

requires that “cost efficiency”

cigano 57:03
57:05

or the need to reduce expenses

cigano 57:05
57:08

exists at every stage of production.

dwsimeone 57:08
57:10

From the cost of labor, to the cost of

dwsimeone 57:10
57:12

materials and packaging and so on.

dwsimeone 57:12
57:15

This competitive strategy, of course,

tzmofficial 57:15
57:18

is to make sure the public buys their goods

cigano 57:18
57:20

rather than from a competing producer

cigano 57:20
57:22

...which is doing the exact same thing

cigano 57:22
57:26

to also make their goods both competitive and affordable.

cigano 57:27
57:30

This immutably wasteful consequence of the system

cigano 57:30
57:33

could be termed "Intrinsic Obsolescence".

dwsimeone 57:34
57:37

However, this is only one part of a larger problem.

dwsimeone 57:37
57:40

A fundamental governing principle of market economics,

dwsimeone 57:40
57:45

one you will not find in any textbook by the way, is the following:

cigano 57:45
57:45

.

cigano 57:45
57:49

“Nothing produced can be allowed to maintain a lifespan longer

cigano 57:49
57:53

than what can be endured in order to continue cyclical consumption.”

cigano 57:53
57:53

.

cosmic.synergy 57:53
57:56

In other words, it is critical that stuff break down,

cigano 57:56
58:00

fail and expire within a certain amount of time.

cigano 58:00
58:03

This is termed - “Planned obsolescence”.

dwsimeone 58:04
58:07

Planned obsolescence is the backbone of the underlying market strategy

dwsimeone 58:07
58:11

of every goods producing corporation in existence.

cigano 58:11
58:14

While very few, of course would admit to such a strategy outright

cigano 58:14
58:14

.

cigano 58:14
58:16

what they do is mask it within the

dwsimeone 58:16
58:20

Intrinsic Obsolescence phenomenon just discussed,

cigano 58:20
58:24

while often ignoring, or even suppressing new advents in technology

cigano 58:24
58:24

.

cigano 58:24
58:28

which might create a more sustainable, durable good.

cigano 58:28
58:30

So, if it wasn't wasteful enough

dwsimeone 58:30
58:33

that the system inherently cannot allow

dwsimeone 58:33
58:36

the most durable and efficient goods to be produced,

cigano 58:36
58:39

Planned Obsolescence deliberately recognizes

cigano 58:39
58:41

that the longer any good is in operation

cigano 58:41
58:44

the worse it is for sustaining cyclical consumption

cigano 58:44
58:47

and hence the market system itself.

tzmofficial 58:47
58:50

In other words, product sustainability

dwsimeone 58:50
58:53

is actually inverse to economic growth

cigano 58:53
58:57

and hence there is a direct, reinforced incentive

cigano 58:57
59:01

to make sure life spans are short of any given good produced.

cigano 59:01
59:01

.

cigano 59:01
59:06

And, in fact, the system cannot operate any other way.

cigano 59:06
59:10

One glance at the sea of landfills now spreading across the world

cigano 59:10
59:12

show the obsolescence reality.

dwsimeone 59:12
59:15

There are now billions of cheaply made cell phones,

cigano 59:15
59:17

computers and other technology

cigano 59:17
59:20

each full of precious, difficult to mine materials

dwsimeone 59:20
59:22

such as gold, coltan, copper,

cigano 59:22
59:24

now rotting in vast piles

cigano 59:24
59:27

usually due to the mere malfunction or obsolescence

cigano 59:27
59:31

of small parts which, in a conservative society

cigano 59:31
59:35

could likely be fixed or updated and the life of the good extended.

cigano 59:35
59:35

.

cigano 59:35
59:39

Unfortunately, as efficient as that may seem in our physical reality

dwsimeone 59:39
59:42

living on a finite planet with finite resources,

cigano 59:43
59:43

.

dwsimeone 59:43
59:47

it is explicitly inefficient with respect to the market.

cigano 59:48
59:49

To put it into a phrase:

cigano 59:49
59:52

“Efficiency, Sustainability, and Preservation

dwsimeone 59:52
59:56

are the enemies of our economic system.”

dwsimeone 59:56
59:59

Likewise, just as physical goods need to be constantly produced

dwsimeone 59:59
1:00:03

and reproduced regardless of their environmental impact,

cigano 1:00:03
1:00:03

.

cosmic.synergy 1:00:03
1:00:07

the service industry operates with an equal rationale.

dwsimeone 1:00:07
1:00:10

The fact is, there is no monetary benefit

dwsimeone 1:00:10
1:00:12

to resolving any problems

wurmd 1:00:12
1:00:14

which are currently being serviced.

wurmd 1:00:14
1:00:15

At the end of the day

wurmd 1:00:16
1:00:18

the last thing the medical establishment really wants

dwsimeone 1:00:19
1:00:21

is the curing of diseases such as cancer,

tzmofficial 1:00:22
1:00:26

which would eliminate countless jobs and trillions in revenue.

dwsimeone 1:00:27
1:00:28

And since we are on the subject,

dwsimeone 1:00:28
1:00:32

crime and terrorism in this system are good!

dwsimeone 1:00:32
1:00:34

Well, at least economically.

dwsimeone 1:00:34
1:00:35

For it is employing police,

dwsimeone 1:00:36
1:00:38

generating high-value commodities for security,

wurmd 1:00:38
1:00:40

not to mention the value of prisons

dwsimeone 1:00:40
1:00:43

that are privately owned- for profit.

wurmd 1:00:43
1:00:45

And how about war?

dwsimeone 1:00:45
1:00:49

The war industry in America is a huge driver of GDP-

dwsimeone 1:00:49
1:00:51

one of the most profitable industries-

tzmofficial 1:00:51
1:00:55

producing weapons of death and destruction.

tzmofficial 1:00:55
1:00:58

The favorite game of this industry is to blow things up

dwsimeone 1:00:58
1:01:00

and then go and rebuild them! For profit.

wurmd 1:01:01
1:01:04

We saw this with the windfall billion dollar contracts

wurmd 1:01:04
1:01:06

made from the Iraq war.

wurmd 1:01:06
1:01:10

The bottom line is that socially negative attributes of society

dwsimeone 1:01:10
1:01:10

.

dwsimeone 1:01:10
1:01:14

have become positively rewarded ventures for industry.

dwsimeone 1:01:14
1:01:16

And any interest in problem resolution

tzmofficial 1:01:16
1:01:20

or environmental sustainability and conservation

tzmofficial 1:01:20
1:01:25

is intrinsically counter to economic sustainability.

wurmd 1:01:25
1:01:27

And this is why

tzmofficial 1:01:27
1:01:30

every time you see the GDP rise in any country

wurmd 1:01:30
1:01:33

you are witnessing an increase in necessity

dwsimeone 1:01:33
1:01:35

whether real or contrived.

dwsimeone 1:01:35
1:01:39

And by definition, a necessity is rooted in inefficiency.

tzmofficial 1:01:39
1:01:44

Hence, increased necessity means increased inefficiency.

cosmic.synergy 1:01:44
1:01:47

[ Value System Disorder ]

wurmd 1:01:47
1:01:50

The American dream is based on rampant consumerism.

dwsimeone 1:01:50
1:01:50

.

wurmd 1:01:50
1:01:53

It is based upon the fact that

cosmic.synergy 1:01:53
1:01:54

mainstream media and

dwsimeone 1:01:54
1:01:56

especially commercial advertising-

dwsimeone 1:01:57
1:01:59

all corporations who need this infinite growth-

dwsimeone 1:02:00
1:02:02

have convinced us or brainwashed

dwsimeone 1:02:02
1:02:05

most people in America and hence the world

wurmd 1:02:06
1:02:08

that we have to have X number of material possessions

wurmd 1:02:08
1:02:11

and the possibility of gaining infinitely more

tzmofficial 1:02:11
1:02:13

material possessions, in order to be happy.

wurmd 1:02:14
1:02:15

That's just not true.

wurmd 1:02:15
1:02:19

So why do people continue to buy in this way

wurmd 1:02:19
1:02:21

which is ultimately eco-genocidal

wurmd 1:02:22
1:02:24

in its systemic effects cumulatively?

cosmic.synergy 1:02:24
1:02:27

And it just is classical operand conditioning.

tzmofficial 1:02:27
1:02:32

You simply put inputs of conditioning into the organism

tzmofficial 1:02:32
1:02:35

and you have outputs of desired behaviors

tzmofficial 1:02:35
1:02:37

or goals or objectives.

dwsimeone 1:02:38
1:02:41

And it has all the resources of technology.

dwsimeone 1:02:41
1:02:44

And they boast about how they get into the minds of infants;

dwsimeone 1:02:44
1:02:44

.

dwsimeone 1:02:44
1:02:47

what they hear is already making them

wurmd 1:02:47
1:02:49

conditioned to the brand.

wurmd 1:02:49
1:02:53

Then you see, that's how people have been such fools.

dwsimeone 1:02:53
1:02:53

.

wurmd 1:02:53
1:02:55

In a way, they have been taught to be fools.

tzmofficial 1:02:55
1:02:58

It's a value system disorder.

wurmd 1:02:59
1:03:01

You know, if there is any testament

dwsimeone 1:03:01
1:03:03

to the plasticity of the human mind;

dwsimeone 1:03:03
1:03:05

if there is any proof to how malleable

wurmd 1:03:05
1:03:08

human thought is and how easily conditioned

dwsimeone 1:03:08
1:03:10

and guided people can become

dwsimeone 1:03:10
1:03:12

based on the nature of their environmental stimulus

tzmofficial 1:03:12
1:03:14

and what it reinforces:

tzmofficial 1:03:14
1:03:17

the world of commercial advertising is the proof.

wurmd 1:03:18
1:03:21

You have to stand in awe

wurmd 1:03:21
1:03:23

at the level of brainwashing

tzmofficial 1:03:23
1:03:27

where these programmed robots known as "consumers"

wurmd 1:03:27
1:03:29

wander the landscape

dwsimeone 1:03:29
1:03:32

only to walk into a store and spend, say-

cosmic.synergy 1:03:32
1:03:35

$4000 on a handbag

cosmic.synergy 1:03:35
1:03:37

that likely cost $10 to make

tzmofficial 1:03:37
1:03:39

in a sweatshop overseas.

wurmd 1:03:40
1:03:43

Only for the brand status it supposedly represents

wurmd 1:03:44
1:03:45

in the culture.

wurmd 1:03:45
1:03:48

Or perhaps the ancient communal traditions

dwsimeone 1:03:48
1:03:51

which increase trust and cohesiveness in society-

wurmd 1:03:52
1:03:53

which have now been hijacked

cosmic.synergy 1:03:53
1:03:57

by acquisitive, materialistic values where now annually

wurmd 1:03:57
1:04:01

we exchange useless crap a few times a year.

dwsimeone 1:04:01
1:04:03

And we might wonder why so many today

dwsimeone 1:04:03
1:04:05

have a compulsion to shopping and acquisition,

cigano 1:04:06
1:04:09

when it is clear that they have been conditioned from childhood

wurmd 1:04:09
1:04:11

to expect material goods

tzmofficial 1:04:11
1:04:14

as a sign of their status with friends and family.

wurmd 1:04:15
1:04:17

The fact is, the foundation of any society

dwsimeone 1:04:18
1:04:20

are the values that support its operation.

dwsimeone 1:04:20
1:04:22

And our society, as it exists

wurmd 1:04:22
1:04:25

can only operate if our values support

wurmd 1:04:25
1:04:27

the conspicuous consumption

wurmd 1:04:27
1:04:31

it requires to continue the market system.

wurmd 1:04:31
1:04:34

75 years ago consumption in America

dwsimeone 1:04:34
1:04:36

and much of the first world was half

tzmofficial 1:04:36
1:04:38

of what we see today, per person.

wurmd 1:04:38
1:04:40

Today's new consumer culture

wurmd 1:04:40
1:04:43

has been manufactured and imposed

wurmd 1:04:43
1:04:45

due to the very real need

wurmd 1:04:45
1:04:48

for higher and higher levels of consumption.

wurmd 1:04:48
1:04:51

And this is why most corporations now spend

dwsimeone 1:04:51
1:04:53

more money on advertising

wurmd 1:04:53
1:04:57

than the actual process of product creation itself.

tzmofficial 1:04:57
1:05:01

They work diligently to create a false need for you to fill.

dwsimeone 1:05:01
1:05:04

And it happens to work.

cigano 1:05:05
1:05:07

[ The “Economists” ]

cigano 1:05:07
1:05:11

You know economists, in fact, are not economists at all.

dwsimeone 1:05:11
1:05:13

They're propagandists of money value.

dwsimeone 1:05:14
1:05:16

And you will find that all of their models basically

cigano 1:05:16
1:05:21

get down to token exchanges that are true to profit

cigano 1:05:21
1:05:21

.

dwsimeone 1:05:21
1:05:23

of one side or both sides or whatever.

dwsimeone 1:05:23
1:05:26

But they are completely disconnected from the actually

dwsimeone 1:05:26
1:05:28

existing world of reproduction.

dwsimeone 1:05:28
1:05:32

In Ohio, an old man failed to pay his electric bill;

dwsimeone 1:05:32
1:05:34

you may be familiar with the case.

dwsimeone 1:05:34
1:05:38

And the electric company turned off the electricity and he died.

dwsimeone 1:05:38
1:05:39

The reason they turned it off was because

cigano 1:05:39
1:05:41

it wouldn't have been profitable for them

tzmofficial 1:05:41
1:05:44

to keep it on because he didn't pay his bill.

cigano 1:05:44
1:05:46

Do you believe that was right?

cigano 1:05:46
1:05:48

The responsibility really lies not on

cigano 1:05:48
1:05:50

the electric company for turning it off

cigano 1:05:50
1:05:55

but on those of this man's neighbors and friends and associates

cigano 1:05:55
1:05:55

.

cigano 1:05:55
1:05:58

who were not charitable enough to enable him, as an individual

cigano 1:05:58
1:05:58

.

tzmofficial 1:05:58
1:06:00

to meet the electric bill.

tzmofficial 1:06:01
1:06:02

HMMMMMM...

dwsimeone 1:06:02
1:06:04

Did I hear that right?

cigano 1:06:04
1:06:07

Did he just say the death of a man caused by not having money

cigano 1:06:07
1:06:07

.

dwsimeone 1:06:07
1:06:09

was the responsibility of...

tzmofficial 1:06:09
1:06:11

other people...

tzmofficial 1:06:11
1:06:13

or, in effect, charity?

dwsimeone 1:06:13
1:06:17

Well then, I guess we're gonna need a whole lot of infomercials,

cigano 1:06:17
1:06:21

little miserable coin slot donations for bodega counters

cigano 1:06:21
1:06:21

.

cigano 1:06:21
1:06:23

and a bunch of pickle jars

dwsimeone 1:06:23
1:06:27

for the billion people now starving to death on this planet

cigano 1:06:27
1:06:27

.

tzmofficial 1:06:27
1:06:32

because of the very system Milton Friedman promotes.

dwsimeone 1:06:32
1:06:35

Whether you are dealing with the philosophies of Milton Friedman,

dwsimeone 1:06:35
1:06:39

F.A. Hyack, John Maynard Keynes, Ludwig von Mises

cigano 1:06:39
1:06:39

.

dwsimeone 1:06:39
1:06:41

or any other major market economist

cigano 1:06:41
1:06:46

the basis of rationale rarely leaves the money sequence.

cigano 1:06:46
1:06:46

.

cigano 1:06:46
1:06:47

It is like a religion.

dwsimeone 1:06:47
1:06:50

Consumption analysis, stabilization policies,

tzmofficial 1:06:50
1:06:52

deficit spending, aggregate demand...

tzmofficial 1:06:53
1:06:55

it exists as a never ending, self-referring

cigano 1:06:56
1:06:59

self-rationalizing circle of discourse

cigano 1:06:59
1:07:03

where universal human need, natural resources

dwsimeone 1:07:03
1:07:06

and any form of physical life supporting efficiency

dwsimeone 1:07:06
1:07:08

is ruled out by default,

cigano 1:07:08
1:07:11

and replaced by the singular notion that humans

dwsimeone 1:07:11
1:07:14

seeking advantage over each other for money alone,

dwsimeone 1:07:14
1:07:17

motivated by their own, narrow self-interest,

cigano 1:07:17
1:07:22

will magically create a sustainable, healthy, balanced society.

cigano 1:07:22
1:07:26

There is no life coordinate in this whole theory, this whole doctrine.

dwsimeone 1:07:26
1:07:26

.

dwsimeone 1:07:26
1:07:28

What are they doing? What are they doing??

cigano 1:07:29
1:07:31

What they are doing is tracking the money sequences.

cigano 1:07:32
1:07:35

That's all it is, is tracking money sequences

dwsimeone 1:07:35
1:07:38

presupposing everything that matters:

cigano 1:07:38
1:07:41

One: There is no life coordinates...

dwsimeone 1:07:41
1:07:43

Whoa- ... no life coordinates!

tzmofficial 1:07:43
1:07:48

Two: That all the agents are self-maximizing preference seekers.

cigano 1:07:49
1:07:49

.

tzmofficial 1:07:49
1:07:51

That is, they think of nothing other than themselves

cigano 1:07:51
1:07:53

and what they can get most for themselves.

dwsimeone 1:07:53
1:07:59

That's the ruling notion of rationality: self-maximizing choice.

cigano 1:07:59
1:07:59

.

dwsimeone 1:07:59
1:08:02

And the only thing that they are interested in self-maximizing

cigano 1:08:02
1:08:05

is money or commodities.

dwsimeone 1:08:05
1:08:07

Well, where does social relations come in?

cigano 1:08:07
1:08:11

It doesn't, except in the exchange to self-maximize.

cigano 1:08:11
1:08:13

Where do our natural resources come in?

cigano 1:08:13
1:08:16

They don't, except to exploit.

cigano 1:08:16
1:08:21

Where does the family come in as being able to survive?

cigano 1:08:21
1:08:26

It doesn't. They have to have money in order to purchase any good.

cigano 1:08:26
1:08:26

.

cigano 1:08:26
1:08:29

Well, shouldn't an economy deal somewhere with human need?

cigano 1:08:29
1:08:29

.

dwsimeone 1:08:29
1:08:35

Isn't that what the fundamental issue is: to satisfy human needs?

cigano 1:08:35
1:08:35

.

tzmofficial 1:08:35
1:08:38

Oh, "need" isn't even in your lexicon.

cosmic.synergy 1:08:38
1:08:41

You dissolve it into "wants".

cosmic.synergy 1:08:41
1:08:45

And what is a want? That means money demand that wants to buy.

cigano 1:08:45
1:08:45

.

tzmofficial 1:08:45
1:08:48

Well, if it's money demand that wants to buy

cigano 1:08:48
1:08:49

it has nothing to do with need

cigano 1:08:49
1:08:52

because maybe the person has no money demand

cigano 1:08:52
1:08:55

and desperately needs, say, water supply.

tzmofficial 1:08:55
1:08:58

Or, it may be money demand wants a gold toilet seat.

cigano 1:08:59
1:09:02

Well, where does it all go? To the gold toilet seat.

cigano 1:09:02
1:09:02

.

dwsimeone 1:09:02
1:09:03

And you call this economics?

cosmic.synergy 1:09:05
1:09:09

Really, when one thinks of it, it's got to be the most bizarre

cigano 1:09:09
1:09:09

.

dwsimeone 1:09:10
1:09:12

delusion in the history of human thought!

cigano 1:09:14
1:09:16

[ Monetary System ]

cigano 1:09:16
1:09:19

Now- so far we have focused on the market system.

cigano 1:09:20
1:09:24

But this system is actually only half of the global economic paradigm.

cigano 1:09:24
1:09:24

.

tzmofficial 1:09:24
1:09:28

The other half is the “Monetary System”.

cigano 1:09:28
1:09:31

While the Market System deals with the interaction of people

dwsimeone 1:09:31
1:09:34

gaming for profit across the spectrum of labor,

dwsimeone 1:09:34
1:09:36

production and distribution,

cigano 1:09:36
1:09:39

the Monetary System is an underlying set of policies

cigano 1:09:39
1:09:41

set by financial institutions

cigano 1:09:41
1:09:45

which create conditions for the market system, among other things.

cigano 1:09:46
1:09:46

.

dwsimeone 1:09:46
1:09:48

It includes terms we often hear

dwsimeone 1:09:48
1:09:50

such as interest rates, loans, debt,

dwsimeone 1:09:51
1:09:54

the money supply, inflation, etc.

cosmic.synergy 1:09:54
1:09:56

And while you might want to pull your hair out listening

cosmic.synergy 1:09:57
1:09:59

to the gibberish coming from the monetary economists:

dwsimeone 1:10:00
1:10:04

"Modest preemptive actions, can obviate the need

dwsimeone 1:10:04
1:10:07

of more drastic actions, at a later date."

dwsimeone 1:10:07
1:10:09

... the nature and effect of this system

brujo 1:10:10
1:10:12

is actually quite simple:

dwsimeone 1:10:12
1:10:16

Our economy has- or the global economy has-

dwsimeone 1:10:16
1:10:16

.

dwsimeone 1:10:16
1:10:19

three basic things that govern it. One is fractional reserve banking:

dwsimeone 1:10:19
1:10:19

.

dwsimeone 1:10:19
1:10:21

the banks printing money out of nothing.

dwsimeone 1:10:21
1:10:24

[2nd] It's also based upon compound interest.

dwsimeone 1:10:24
1:10:27

When you borrow money, you have to pay back more

dwsimeone 1:10:27
1:10:30

than you borrowed which means that you, in effect,

dwsimeone 1:10:30
1:10:32

create money out of thin air,

dwsimeone 1:10:33
1:10:36

again which has to be serviced by creating still more money.

dwsimeone 1:10:36
1:10:38

[3rd] We live in an infinite growth paradigm.

dwsimeone 1:10:39
1:10:43

The economic paradigm we live in now is a Ponzi scheme.

dwsimeone 1:10:43
1:10:46

Nothing grows forever. It's not possible.

dwsimeone 1:10:46
1:10:46

.

dwsimeone 1:10:46
1:10:49

As a great psychologist James Hillman wrote:

dwsimeone 1:10:49
1:10:51

“The only thing that grows in the human body

dwsimeone 1:10:51
1:10:52

after a certain age is cancer.”

dwsimeone 1:10:53
1:10:56

It's not just the amount of money that has to keep growing

dwsimeone 1:10:56
1:10:58

it's the amount of consumers. Consumers to

dwsimeone 1:10:58
1:11:01

borrow money at interest to generate more money and obviously,

dwsimeone 1:11:01
1:11:01

.

dwsimeone 1:11:01
1:11:04

that's not possible on a finite planet.

dwsimeone 1:11:04
1:11:08

People are basically vehicles to just create money,

dwsimeone 1:11:08
1:11:10

which must create more money

dwsimeone 1:11:10
1:11:12

to keep the whole thing from falling apart,

dwsimeone 1:11:12
1:11:14

which is what's happening right now.

dwsimeone 1:11:15
1:11:17

There are really only two things anyone needs to know

tzmofficial 1:11:17
1:11:20

about the monetary system:

tzmofficial 1:11:20
1:11:23

1: All money is created out of debt.

tzmofficial 1:11:23
1:11:25

Money is monetized debt

dwsimeone 1:11:25
1:11:28

whether it materialized from treasury bonds,

dwsimeone 1:11:28
1:11:31

home loan contracts or credit cards.

dwsimeone 1:11:31
1:11:33

In other words, if all outstanding debt

dwsimeone 1:11:33
1:11:35

was to be repaid right now

dwsimeone 1:11:35
1:11:38

there would not be one dollar in circulation.

dwsimeone 1:11:38
1:11:43

And 2: Interest is charged on virtually all loans made,

dwsimeone 1:11:43
1:11:46

and the money needed to pay back this interest

dwsimeone 1:11:46
1:11:49

does not exist in the money supply outright.

dwsimeone 1:11:49
1:11:52

Only the principal is created by the loans

tzmofficial 1:11:52
1:11:54

and the principal is the money supply.

dwsimeone 1:11:54
1:11:57

So, if all this debt was to be repaid right now,

dwsimeone 1:11:57
1:12:00

not only would there not be one dollar left in circulation,

tzmofficial 1:12:00
1:12:04

there would be a gigantic amount of money owed

dwsimeone 1:12:04
1:12:09

that is literally impossible to pay back, for it does not exist.

tzmofficial 1:12:10
1:12:14

The consequence of all of this is that two things are inevitable:

cosmic.synergy 1:12:14
1:12:17

Inflation and Bankruptcy.

dwsimeone 1:12:17
1:12:18

.

dwsimeone 1:12:18
1:12:21

As far as inflation, this can be seen as a historical trend

dwsimeone 1:12:21
1:12:23

in virtually every country today,

dwsimeone 1:12:23
1:12:25

and easily tied to its cause,

tzmofficial 1:12:25
1:12:28

which is the perpetual increase of the money supply

dwsimeone 1:12:28
1:12:31

which is required to cover the interest charges

dwsimeone 1:12:31
1:12:34

and keep the system going.

dwsimeone 1:12:34
1:12:35

As far as Bankruptcy,

tzmofficial 1:12:35
1:12:39

it comes in the form of debt collapse.

dwsimeone 1:12:39
1:12:42

This collapse will inevitably occur with a person,

dwsimeone 1:12:42
1:12:44

a business or a country

dwsimeone 1:12:44
1:12:46

and typically happens when the interest payments

dwsimeone 1:12:46
1:12:50

are no longer possible to make.

dwsimeone 1:12:50
1:12:52

But there is a bright side to all of this...

dwsimeone 1:12:52
1:12:55

well, at least in terms of the market system.

dwsimeone 1:12:56
1:12:58

Because debt creates pressure.

dwsimeone 1:12:58
1:13:01

Debt creates wage slaves.

dwsimeone 1:13:01
1:13:04

A person in debt is much more likely to take a low wage

dwsimeone 1:13:04
1:13:05

than a person who isn't,

dwsimeone 1:13:05
1:13:08

hence becoming a cheap commodity.

dwsimeone 1:13:08
1:13:10

So it's great for corporations to have a pool of people

dwsimeone 1:13:10
1:13:13

that have no financial mobility.

dwsimeone 1:13:13
1:13:17

But hey - that same idea also goes for entire countries.

dwsimeone 1:13:18
1:13:20

The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund,

dwsimeone 1:13:21
1:13:25

which mostly serve as proxies for transnational corporate interests,

dwsimeone 1:13:25
1:13:25

.

dwsimeone 1:13:25
1:13:27

give gigantic loans to troubled countries

dwsimeone 1:13:28
1:13:30

at very high interest rates. And then,

dwsimeone 1:13:30
1:13:33

once the countries are deeply in the hole and can't pay,

dwsimeone 1:13:33
1:13:33

.

dwsimeone 1:13:33
1:13:37

austerity measures are applied, the corporations swoop in,

dwsimeone 1:13:37
1:13:37

.

tzmofficial 1:13:37
1:13:41

set up sweatshops and take their natural resources.

tzmofficial 1:13:41
1:13:44

Now that's market efficiency.

tzmofficial 1:13:45
1:13:46

But wait – there's more:

dwsimeone 1:13:46
1:13:48

You see, there's this unique hybrid

dwsimeone 1:13:48
1:13:50

of the monetary and market system

dwsimeone 1:13:50
1:13:52

called the stock market.

dwsimeone 1:13:52
1:13:56

Which rather than, you know, actually produce anything real,

tzmofficial 1:13:56
1:13:59

they just buy and sell money itself.

dwsimeone 1:13:59
1:14:02

And when it comes to debt, you know what they do?

dwsimeone 1:14:02
1:14:04

That's right- they trade it!

dwsimeone 1:14:05
1:14:08

They actually buy and sell debt for profit.

dwsimeone 1:14:09
1:14:10

From credit default swaps and

dwsimeone 1:14:10
1:14:14

collateralized debt obligations for consumer debt,

dwsimeone 1:14:14
1:14:16

to complex derivative schemes used

dwsimeone 1:14:16
1:14:19

to mask the debt of entire countries,

dwsimeone 1:14:19
1:14:19

.

dwsimeone 1:14:19
1:14:22

such as the collusion of investment bank Goldman Sachs and Greece,

tzmofficial 1:14:22
1:14:26

which nearly collapsed the entire European economy.

dwsimeone 1:14:26
1:14:29

So when it comes to the stock market and Wall Street,

dwsimeone 1:14:29
1:14:32

we have an entirely new level of insanity

dwsimeone 1:14:32
1:14:35

born out of the Money Sequence of Value.

dwsimeone 1:14:35
1:14:37

All you need to know about markets

tzmofficial 1:14:37
1:14:40

was written in an editorial in the Wall Street Journal

dwsimeone 1:14:40
1:14:42

a couple years ago. It was called

dwsimeone 1:14:42
1:14:45

"Lessons of the Brain-Damaged Investor".

tzmofficial 1:14:45
1:14:48

And in this editorial, they explained why

dwsimeone 1:14:48
1:14:51

people with slight brain damage do better as investors

dwsimeone 1:14:51
1:14:51

.

dwsimeone 1:14:52
1:14:54

than people with normal brain functionality.

dwsimeone 1:14:54
1:14:56

Why? Because the slightly

tzmofficial 1:14:56
1:14:59

brain-damaged person has no empathy.

dwsimeone 1:14:59
1:15:01

That's the key. If you don't have any empathy

dwsimeone 1:15:02
1:15:03

you do well as an investor.

dwsimeone 1:15:04
1:15:08

And so Wall Street breeds people who have no empathy.

dwsimeone 1:15:09
1:15:11

To go in there and to make decisions

claudiaheugel 1:15:11
1:15:14

and to make trades they have no compunction about

dwsimeone 1:15:14
1:15:17

and no thought whatsoever as to how what they are doing

dwsimeone 1:15:17
1:15:18

might affect their fellow human being.

claudiaheugel 1:15:19
1:15:21

So they breed these robots.

dwsimeone 1:15:21
1:15:24

These people who have no souls.

dwsimeone 1:15:24
1:15:26

And since they don't even want to pay these people anymore-

claudiaheugel 1:15:27
1:15:29

they are now breeding robots – real robots –

claudiaheugel 1:15:29
1:15:30

real algorithmic traders.

claudiaheugel 1:15:31
1:15:33

Goldman Sachs in the high frequency trading scandal:

dwsimeone 1:15:33
1:15:37

They put a computer next to the New York Stock Exchange.

claudiaheugel 1:15:37
1:15:40

This computer, this “co-located” computer, as they call it:

dwsimeone 1:15:40
1:15:42

it front-runs all the trades on the exchange and

claudiaheugel 1:15:43
1:15:45

hits the exchange with volumes of orders

dwsimeone 1:15:45
1:15:47

in ways that "scalp"

claudiaheugel 1:15:47
1:15:49

pennies and nickels away from the exchange.

dwsimeone 1:15:49
1:15:52

It's like they're siphoning money all day long.

dwsimeone 1:15:52
1:15:54

They went one quarter last year

dwsimeone 1:15:54
1:15:57

30 or 60 straight days without a single down day

claudiaheugel 1:15:57
1:16:00

and made millions of dollars every single day?

dwsimeone 1:16:00
1:16:04

That's statistically impossible!

dwsimeone 1:16:04
1:16:06

When I worked on Wall Street, the way it works is

dwsimeone 1:16:06
1:16:07

everyone kicks upstairs to bribes.

dwsimeone 1:16:08
1:16:11

The brokers bribe to the office manager,

dwsimeone 1:16:11
1:16:15

the office manager bribes to the regional sales manager,

dwsimeone 1:16:15
1:16:16

the regional sales manager

claudiaheugel 1:16:16
1:16:18

bribes to the national sales manager.

claudiaheugel 1:16:18
1:16:20

It's a common understanding.

claudiaheugel 1:16:20
1:16:23

At Christmas, who gets the biggest bonus at Christmas

claudiaheugel 1:16:23
1:16:26

in an average broker job? The compliance officer.

dwsimeone 1:16:26
1:16:28

The compliance officer sits there all day long; he's supposed

dwsimeone 1:16:28
1:16:31

to be making sure you don't violate any of the margin rules

dwsimeone 1:16:31
1:16:31

.

dwsimeone 1:16:31
1:16:33

and you're "complying" with the law.

dwsimeone 1:16:34
1:16:36

Of course, yeah, to the extent that

dwsimeone 1:16:36
1:16:38

you can bribe the compliance officer-

cosmic.synergy 1:16:38
1:16:40

yeah, that's right, you are complying with the law!

claudiaheugel 1:16:40
1:16:43

So how has fraud become the system?

claudiaheugel 1:16:43
1:16:44

It's no longer a byproduct.

claudiaheugel 1:16:44
1:16:46

It is the system.

claudiaheugel 1:16:46
1:16:48

It's like that old Woody Allen joke. He says:

claudiaheugel 1:16:49
1:16:51

“Doctor, my brother thinks he's a chicken.”

dwsimeone 1:16:51
1:16:53

And the doctor says, “Take a pill

dwsimeone 1:16:53
1:16:55

and that should cure the problem.”

dwsimeone 1:16:55
1:16:57

And he says, “No doctor. You don't understand.

dwsimeone 1:16:57
1:16:58

We need the eggs.”

dwsimeone 1:16:58
1:17:00

Okay? So ...

dwsimeone 1:17:00
1:17:03

the trading of fraudulent claims back and forth

dwsimeone 1:17:03
1:17:07

between banks, to generate fees, to generate bonuses,

dwsimeone 1:17:07
1:17:07

.

dwsimeone 1:17:07
1:17:07

.

dwsimeone 1:17:07
1:17:12

has become the GDP-producing

dwsimeone 1:17:12
1:17:13

growth engine of the United States economy-

dwsimeone 1:17:13
1:17:17

even though they are essentially trading fraudulent claims

claudiaheugel 1:17:17
1:17:19

that there is absolutely no hope of ever paying back.

tzmofficial 1:17:19
1:17:22

They are processing, generating and re-securitizing nothing.

dwsimeone 1:17:22
1:17:25

If I write $20 billion on a cocktail napkin

dwsimeone 1:17:25
1:17:28

and I sell it to J.P. Morgan and J.P. Morgan writes

dwsimeone 1:17:28
1:17:31

$20 billion on a cocktail napkin

dwsimeone 1:17:31
1:17:34

and we swap those two cocktail napkins at a bar,

dwsimeone 1:17:34
1:17:37

and we each pay ourselves a quarter of 1% in a fee,

dwsimeone 1:17:37
1:17:39

we make a lot of money for our Christmas bonus.

tzmofficial 1:17:39
1:17:43

We each have on our books a $20 billion cocktail napkin

dwsimeone 1:17:43
1:17:46

which has no real value, until such time as

dwsimeone 1:17:47
1:17:49

the system is no longer able to absorb

dwsimeone 1:17:50
1:17:52

bogus cocktail napkins, in which case we go to the government

dwsimeone 1:17:52
1:17:54

to get bailed out.

cosmic.synergy 1:17:55
1:17:57

And because of Wall Street and the global stock market

dwsimeone 1:17:57
1:18:01

there are now conservatively about 700 trillion dollars

dwsimeone 1:18:01
1:18:03

of outstanding fraudulent claims,

dwsimeone 1:18:03
1:18:05

known as derivatives,

claudiaheugel 1:18:05
1:18:07

still waiting to collapse.

dwsimeone 1:18:07
1:18:09

A value amounting to over

dwsimeone 1:18:09
1:18:11

10 times the gross domestic product

tzmofficial 1:18:11
1:18:13

of the entire planet.

dwsimeone 1:18:14
1:18:15

And while we have seen the bailouts of

dwsimeone 1:18:16
1:18:18

corporations and banks by governments,

dwsimeone 1:18:18
1:18:20

which, of course, comically borrow their money

dwsimeone 1:18:20
1:18:22

from banks to begin with,

dwsimeone 1:18:22
1:18:25

we are now seeing attempts to bailout whole countries

claudiaheugel 1:18:25
1:18:27

by conglomerates of other countries

claudiaheugel 1:18:28
1:18:30

through the International banks.

tzmofficial 1:18:30
1:18:33

But how do you bailout a planet?

tzmofficial 1:18:34
1:18:38

There is no country out there that isn't now saturated in debt.

claudiaheugel 1:18:38
1:18:41

The cascade of sovereign debt defaults we have seen

claudiaheugel 1:18:41
1:18:45

can only be the beginning, when the math is taken into account.

tzmofficial 1:18:46
1:18:49

It has been estimated in the United States alone

dwsimeone 1:18:49
1:18:53

that income tax would need to be raised to 65% per person

dwsimeone 1:18:53
1:18:57

just to cover the interest in the near future.

claudiaheugel 1:18:57
1:19:00

Economists are now foreshadowing that within a few decades

claudiaheugel 1:19:00
1:19:05

60% of the countries on the planet will be bankrupt.

tzmofficial 1:19:05
1:19:09

But hold on-- Let me get this straight.

dwsimeone 1:19:09
1:19:11

The world is going "bankrupt"

claudiaheugel 1:19:12
1:19:13

whatever the hell that means

claudiaheugel 1:19:13
1:19:16

because of this idea called "debt"

claudiaheugel 1:19:16
1:19:19

which doesn't even exist in the physical reality.

tzmofficial 1:19:19
1:19:22

It's only part of a game we've invented...

claudiaheugel 1:19:22
1:19:25

and yet the well being of billions of people

claudiaheugel 1:19:25
1:19:27

is now being compromised.

dwsimeone 1:19:27
1:19:31

Extreme layoffs, tent cities, accelerating poverty,

dwsimeone 1:19:32
1:19:35

austerity measures imposed, schools shutting down,

dwsimeone 1:19:35
1:19:40

child hunger and other levels of familial deprivation- ...

dwsimeone 1:19:40
1:19:43

all because of this elaborate fiction...

tzmofficial 1:19:44
1:19:46

What are we, fucking stupid?!

dwsimeone 1:19:48
1:19:50

Hey! Hey! Mars- my man!

dwsimeone 1:19:50
1:19:53

Help a brother out, uh?

dwsimeone 1:19:55
1:19:56

Grow up, kid!

tzmofficial 1:20:04
1:20:06

Saturn! What's up man?

dwsimeone 1:20:06
1:20:08

You remember that smokin' nebula I hooked you up with

dwsimeone 1:20:08
1:20:10

a while back?

dwsimeone 1:20:11
1:20:13

Uh- listen Earth.

dwsimeone 1:20:13
1:20:15

We're getting really tired of you.

dwsimeone 1:20:15
1:20:18

You've been given everything and yet you waste it all.

dwsimeone 1:20:18
1:20:21

You've got plenty of resources and you know it.

dwsimeone 1:20:21
1:20:24

Why don't you grow up and learn some responsibility for Christ's sake!

dwsimeone 1:20:24
1:20:24

.

dwsimeone 1:20:24
1:20:26

You're making your mother miserable.

dwsimeone 1:20:32
1:20:34

You're on your own, pal.

tzmofficial 1:20:34
1:20:36

Yeah, whatever.

cosmic.synergy 1:20:42
1:20:45

[ Public Health ]

dwsimeone 1:20:45
1:20:47

Now, all of this considered

dwsimeone 1:20:47
1:20:50

from the waste machine known as the market system

dwsimeone 1:20:50
1:20:53

to the debt machine known as the monetary system-

dwsimeone 1:20:53
1:20:57

hence creating the monetary-market paradigm

dwsimeone 1:20:57
1:21:00

which defines the global economy today-

dwsimeone 1:21:00
1:21:02

there is one consequence that runs through

tzmofficial 1:21:03
1:21:05

the entire machine:

dwsimeone 1:21:05
1:21:07

Inequality.

dwsimeone 1:21:07
1:21:10

Whether it is the market system which creates

dwsimeone 1:21:10
1:21:14

a natural gravitation towards monopoly and power consolidation

dwsimeone 1:21:14
1:21:17

while also generating pockets of wealthy industries

dwsimeone 1:21:17
1:21:21

that tower over others regardless of utility-

dwsimeone 1:21:21
1:21:21

.

dwsimeone 1:21:22
1:21:25

such as the fact that top hedge fund managers on Wall Street

dwsimeone 1:21:25
1:21:25

.

dwsimeone 1:21:25
1:21:28

now take home over $300 million a year

dwsimeone 1:21:29
1:21:31

for contributing literally nothing,

dwsimeone 1:21:31
1:21:35

while a scientist looking for a cure for a disease

dwsimeone 1:21:35
1:21:37

trying to help humanity

dwsimeone 1:21:37
1:21:40

might make $60,000 a year if they're lucky-

dwsimeone 1:21:41
1:21:43

or whether it is the monetary system,

dwsimeone 1:21:43
1:21:47

which has class division built right into its structure.

dwsimeone 1:21:47
1:21:50

For example: If I have $1 million to spare

dwsimeone 1:21:50
1:21:50

.

dwsimeone 1:21:50
1:21:53

and I put it into a CD at 4% interest,

dwsimeone 1:21:53
1:21:55

I will make $40,000 a year.

tzmofficial 1:21:55
1:21:59

No social contribution- no nothing.

tzmofficial 1:21:59
1:22:02

However, if I'm a lower class person and have to take loans

dwsimeone 1:22:02
1:22:03

to buy my car or home,

dwsimeone 1:22:04
1:22:07

I am paying in interest which in abstraction

dwsimeone 1:22:07
1:22:07

.

dwsimeone 1:22:07
1:22:11

is going to pay that millionaire with the 4% CD.

dwsimeone 1:22:11
1:22:14

This stealing from the poor to pay the rich

dwsimeone 1:22:14
1:22:18

is a foundational, built-in aspect of the monetary system

dwsimeone 1:22:18
1:22:23

and it could be labeled “Structural Classism”.

dwsimeone 1:22:23
1:22:25

Of course, historically, social stratification

dwsimeone 1:22:26
1:22:30

has always been deemed unfair, but obviously accepted overall,

dwsimeone 1:22:30
1:22:30

.

tzmofficial 1:22:30
1:22:35

as now 1% of the population owns 40% of the planet's wealth.

dwsimeone 1:22:35
1:22:37

But material fairness aside

dwsimeone 1:22:38
1:22:41

there is something else going on underneath the surface of inequality

dwsimeone 1:22:41
1:22:41

.

tzmofficial 1:22:41
1:22:46

causing an incredible deterioration in public health as a whole.

dwsimeone 1:22:46
1:22:50

Well, I think people often are puzzled by the contrast

dwsimeone 1:22:50
1:22:52

between the material success of our societies

dwsimeone 1:22:53
1:22:55

- unprecedented levels of wealth -

dwsimeone 1:22:56
1:22:58

and the many social failings.

dwsimeone 1:22:59
1:23:01

If you look at the rates of

dwsimeone 1:23:02
1:23:04

drug abuse or violence or self-harm

dwsimeone 1:23:04
1:23:07

amongst kids or mental illness

dwsimeone 1:23:07
1:23:10

there is clearly something going deeply wrong

dwsimeone 1:23:11
1:23:12

with our societies.

dwsimeone 1:23:12
1:23:15

The data I have been describing

dwsimeone 1:23:16
1:23:19

simply shows that intuition that

dwsimeone 1:23:20
1:23:21

people have had for hundreds of years:

dwsimeone 1:23:21
1:23:24

that inequality is divisive and socially corrosive.

dwsimeone 1:23:24
1:23:28

But that intuition is truer than I think we ever imagined.

dwsimeone 1:23:28
1:23:32

There are very powerful psychological and social effects

dwsimeone 1:23:32
1:23:35

of inequality. More to do I suppose with feelings

dwsimeone 1:23:35
1:23:38

of superiority and inferiority.

tzmofficial 1:23:38
1:23:40

That kind of division...

dwsimeone 1:23:40
1:23:43

Maybe going with the respect or disrespect;

dwsimeone 1:23:43
1:23:46

people feeling looked down on at the bottom.

dwsimeone 1:23:46
1:23:47

Which, by the way, is why violence is

cigano 1:23:47
1:23:50

more common in more unequal societies-

dwsimeone 1:23:50
1:23:53

the trigger to violence is so often people feeling

cigano 1:23:53
1:23:55

looked down upon and disrespected.

dwsimeone 1:23:55
1:23:59

If there is one principle I could emphasize

dwsimeone 1:23:59
1:24:04

that is, the most important principle

dwsimeone 1:24:04
1:24:07

underlying the prevention of violence

dwsimeone 1:24:07
1:24:10

it would be “Equality”.

dwsimeone 1:24:10
1:24:13

The single most significant factor that affects the rate of violence

dwsimeone 1:24:13
1:24:13

.

dwsimeone 1:24:13
1:24:17

is the degree of equality versus the degree of inequality

dwsimeone 1:24:17
1:24:20

in that society.

dwsimeone 1:24:20
1:24:22

So, what we're looking at is a sort of

dwsimeone 1:24:22
1:24:24

general social dysfunction.

dwsimeone 1:24:25
1:24:27

It's not just one or two things that go wrong

dwsimeone 1:24:27
1:24:29

as inequality increases.

dwsimeone 1:24:29
1:24:31

It seems to be everything, whether we are talking about

dwsimeone 1:24:31
1:24:34

crime or health or mental illness or whatever.

dwsimeone 1:24:34
1:24:39

One of the really disturbing findings out there in public health is:

dwsimeone 1:24:39
1:24:43

Never ever make the mistake of being poor.

dwsimeone 1:24:43
1:24:44

Or being born poor.

dwsimeone 1:24:44
1:24:47

Your health pays for it in endless sorts of ways:

cigano 1:24:47
1:24:51

something known as the 'health socioeconomic gradient'.

dwsimeone 1:24:51
1:24:54

As you move down from the highest strata in society

dwsimeone 1:24:54
1:24:58

in terms of socioeconomic status, every step down,

dwsimeone 1:24:58
1:25:01

health gets worse for umpteen different diseases.

cigano 1:25:01
1:25:01

.

dwsimeone 1:25:01
1:25:02

Life expectancy gets worse.

cigano 1:25:03
1:25:06

Infant mortality rate- everything you could look at.

cigano 1:25:06
1:25:06

.

dwsimeone 1:25:06
1:25:09

So, a huge issue has been:

dwsimeone 1:25:09
1:25:12

why is it that this gradient exists?

cosmic.synergy 1:25:12
1:25:14

A totally simple obvious answer which is

dwsimeone 1:25:14
1:25:17

'If you're chronically sick, you're not going to be very productive

cigano 1:25:17
1:25:17

.

dwsimeone 1:25:17
1:25:21

so health causes drive socioeconomic differences.'

cigano 1:25:21
1:25:24

Not that in the slightest- on the very simple level that

cigano 1:25:24
1:25:24

.

cigano 1:25:24
1:25:28

you could look at the socioeconomic status of a 10-year-old

cigano 1:25:28
1:25:28

.

karolain 1:25:28
1:25:31

and that's going to predict something about their health decades later.

karolain 1:25:31
1:25:31

.

karolain 1:25:31
1:25:33

So, that's the direction of causality.

dwsimeone 1:25:33
1:25:37

Next one- ... 'Oh, it's perfectly obvious:

dwsimeone 1:25:37
1:25:40

poor people can't afford to go to the doctor; it's healthcare access.'

cigano 1:25:40
1:25:40

.

dwsimeone 1:25:40
1:25:44

It's got nothing to do with that, because you see these same gradients

cigano 1:25:44
1:25:44

.

cigano 1:25:44
1:25:47

in countries with universal health care and socialized medicine.

cigano 1:25:47
1:25:47

.

cigano 1:25:47
1:25:49

Okay – next 'simple explanation':

dwsimeone 1:25:49
1:25:53

'Oh -on the average- the poorer you are the more likely you are to

cigano 1:25:53
1:25:53

.

dwsimeone 1:25:53
1:25:58

smoke, to drink and all sorts of lifestyle risk factors.'

cigano 1:25:58
1:26:01

Yeah, those contribute but careful studies have shown

cigano 1:26:01
1:26:04

that it explains maybe about a third of the variability.

karolain 1:26:04
1:26:05

So what's left?

dwsimeone 1:26:06
1:26:11

What's left is having a ton to do with the stress of poverty.

cigano 1:26:11
1:26:11

.

dwsimeone 1:26:11
1:26:14

So, the poorer you are- starting off being

dwsimeone 1:26:15
1:26:18

the person who is one dollar of income behind Bill Gates-

dwsimeone 1:26:18
1:26:19

the poorer you are in this country

dwsimeone 1:26:19
1:26:21

on the average, the worse your health is.

cigano 1:26:21
1:26:24

This tells us something really important:

karolain 1:26:24
1:26:26

the health connection with poverty

cosmic.synergy 1:26:26
1:26:30

it's not about being poor, it's about feeling poor.

cigano 1:26:30
1:26:34

Increasingly we recognize that

dwsimeone 1:26:34
1:26:37

chronic stress is an important influence on health.

dwsimeone 1:26:38
1:26:40

But the most important sources of stress

dwsimeone 1:26:40
1:26:42

are the quality of social relations.

dwsimeone 1:26:43
1:26:47

And if there is anything that lowers the quality of social relations,

cigano 1:26:47
1:26:47

.

cigano 1:26:47
1:26:51

it is the socioeconomic stratification of society.

karolain 1:26:51
1:26:55

What science has now shown is that regardless of material wealth

cigano 1:26:55
1:26:55

.

karolain 1:26:55
1:26:59

the stress of simply living in a stratified society

dwsimeone 1:26:59
1:27:02

leads to a vast spectrum of public health problems.

dwsimeone 1:27:02
1:27:06

And the greater the inequality, the worse they become.

cigano 1:27:07
1:27:11

Life expectancy: longer in more equal countries.

tzmofficial 1:27:11
1:27:15

Drug Abuse: Less in more equal countries.

cigano 1:27:15
1:27:19

Mental Illness: Less in more equal countries.

cigano 1:27:20
1:27:24

Social Capital - meaning the ability of people to trust each other:

cigano 1:27:24
1:27:24

.

karolain 1:27:24
1:27:27

Naturally greater in more equal countries.

cigano 1:27:27
1:27:32

Educational Scores: Higher in more equal countries.

cigano 1:27:32
1:27:36

Homicide rates: less in more equal countries.

cigano 1:27:37
1:27:41

Crime and Rates of Imprisonment: Less in more equal countries.

cigano 1:27:41
1:27:42

.

tzmofficial 1:27:42
1:27:44

It goes on and on:

karolain 1:27:44
1:27:47

Infant mortality – obesity - teen birth rate:

karolain 1:27:48
1:27:49

Less in more equal countries.

cigano 1:27:49
1:27:52

and perhaps most interesting:

cigano 1:27:52
1:27:56

Innovation: Greater in more equal countries.

cigano 1:27:56
1:27:59

which challenges the age old notion that a competitive

tzmofficial 1:27:59
1:28:04

stratified society is somehow more creative and inventive.

karolain 1:28:04
1:28:08

Moreover, a study done in the UK called The WhiteHall Study

karolain 1:28:08
1:28:08

.

karolain 1:28:08
1:28:11

confirmed that there is a social distribution of disease

cigano 1:28:11
1:28:15

as you go from the top of the socioeconomic ladder to the bottom.

cigano 1:28:15
1:28:15

.

karolain 1:28:15
1:28:18

For example, it was found that the lowest rungs of the hierarchy

karolain 1:28:18
1:28:22

had a 4-fold increase of heart disease based mortality

karolain 1:28:22
1:28:22

.

karolain 1:28:22
1:28:24

compared to the highest rungs.

tzmofficial 1:28:24
1:28:28

And this pattern exists, irrespective of access to health care.

dwsimeone 1:28:29
1:28:32

Hence, the worse a person's relative financial status,

cigano 1:28:32
1:28:35

the worse their health is going to be on average.

karolain 1:28:35
1:28:38

This phenomenon is rooted in what could be termed

cosmic.synergy 1:28:39
1:28:40

'Psychosocial Stress'

karolain 1:28:41
1:28:44

and it is at the foundation of the greatest social distortions

cigano 1:28:44
1:28:46

plaguing our society today.

tzmofficial 1:28:46
1:28:48

Its cause?

karolain 1:28:48
1:28:51

The Monetary-Market System.

tzmofficial 1:28:51
1:28:53

Make no mistake:

dwsimeone 1:28:53
1:28:56

The greatest destroyer of ecology,

dwsimeone 1:28:56
1:29:00

the greatest source of waste, depletion and pollution,

tzmofficial 1:29:00
1:29:02

the greatest purveyor of violence-

dwsimeone 1:29:02
1:29:07

war - crime - poverty - animal abuse and inhumanity,

dwsimeone 1:29:07
1:29:10

the greatest generator of social and personal neurosis,

dwsimeone 1:29:10
1:29:13

mental disorders - depression, anxiety,

cosmic.synergy 1:29:14
1:29:17

not to mention, the greatest source of social paralysis

cigano 1:29:18
1:29:21

stopping us from moving into new methodologies

tzmofficial 1:29:21
1:29:24

for personal health, global sustainability

dwsimeone 1:29:24
1:29:26

and progress on this planet-

dwsimeone 1:29:27
1:29:30

is not some corrupt government or legislation,

dwsimeone 1:29:30
1:29:34

not some rogue corporation or banking cartel,

dwsimeone 1:29:34
1:29:37

not some flaw of human nature,

tzmofficial 1:29:37
1:29:42

and not some secret hidden cabal that controls the world.

cigano 1:29:42
1:29:42

.

cigano 1:29:42
1:29:46

It is, in fact: The Socio-Economic System itself

cigano 1:29:46
1:29:49

at its very foundation.

cosmic.synergy 1:30:06
1:30:09

[ Part 3: Project Earth ]

cigano 1:30:10
1:30:13

Let's imagine for a moment we had the option

dwsimeone 1:30:13
1:30:16

to redesign human civilization from the ground up.

dwsimeone 1:30:16
1:30:18

What if- hypothetically speaking-

karolain 1:30:18
1:30:21

we discovered an exact replica of the planet Earth

karolain 1:30:21
1:30:24

and the only difference between this new planet and our current one

karolain 1:30:24
1:30:24

.

karolain 1:30:24
1:30:28

is that human evolution had not occurred. It was an open palette.

cigano 1:30:28
1:30:28

.

dwsimeone 1:30:28
1:30:32

No countries, no cities, no pollution, no republicans...

karolain 1:30:32
1:30:35

just a pristine, open environment.

dwsimeone 1:30:35
1:30:37

So- what would we do?

karolain 1:30:37
1:30:40

Well, first we need a “goal”, right?

karolain 1:30:40
1:30:44

And it's safe to say that goal would be to survive.

karolain 1:30:44
1:30:46

And not to just survive, but to do so

dwsimeone 1:30:46
1:30:49

in an optimized, healthy, prosperous way.

dwsimeone 1:30:49
1:30:51

Most people, indeed, desire to live

dwsimeone 1:30:51
1:30:53

and they would prefer to do so without suffering.

cigano 1:30:54
1:30:57

Therefore, the basis of this civilization needs to be

dwsimeone 1:30:57
1:31:01

as supportive and hence sustainable for human life as possible-

cigano 1:31:01
1:31:01

.

cigano 1:31:01
1:31:05

taking into account the material needs of all the world's people

cigano 1:31:05
1:31:05

.

cigano 1:31:05
1:31:07

while trying to remove anything

dwsimeone 1:31:07
1:31:09

that can could hurt us in the long run.

karolain 1:31:09
1:31:13

With that goal of “Maximum Sustainability” understood

dwsimeone 1:31:13
1:31:16

the next question regards our “method”.

tzmofficial 1:31:16
1:31:18

What kind of approach do we take?

tzmofficial 1:31:18
1:31:20

Well, let's see-

cigano 1:31:20
1:31:24

last I checked, politics was the method of social operation on Earth...

dwsimeone 1:31:24
1:31:27

so what do the doctrines of the republicans, liberals,

cigano 1:31:27
1:31:32

conservatives or socialists have to say about societal design?

cigano 1:31:32
1:31:35

Hmmm... not a damn thing.

dwsimeone 1:31:35
1:31:37

Okay then- what about religion?

cigano 1:31:37
1:31:41

Surely the great creator had to have left some blueprints somewhere...

dwsimeone 1:31:41
1:31:44

Nope... nothing I can find.

dwsimeone 1:31:44
1:31:46

Okay then- so what's left?

tzmofficial 1:31:46
1:31:49

It appears something called “Science”.

karolain 1:31:49
1:31:53

Science is unique in that its methods demand not only

dwsimeone 1:31:53
1:31:56

that ideas proposed be tested and replicated,

cigano 1:31:56
1:32:01

but everything science comes up with is also inherently falsifiable.

cigano 1:32:01
1:32:03

In other words, unlike religion and politics

cigano 1:32:03
1:32:05

science has no ego

cigano 1:32:05
1:32:08

and everything it suggests accepts the possibility

dwsimeone 1:32:08
1:32:11

of being proven wrong eventually.

cigano 1:32:11
1:32:14

It holds on to nothing and evolves constantly.

cigano 1:32:14
1:32:17

Well, that sounds natural enough to me.

dwsimeone 1:32:17
1:32:20

So then: based on the current state of scientific knowledge

cigano 1:32:20
1:32:22

in the early 21st century

cigano 1:32:22
1:32:25

along with our goal of “maximum sustainability”

dwsimeone 1:32:25
1:32:26

for the human population,

karolain 1:32:27
1:32:30

how do we begin the actual process of construction?

karolain 1:32:30
1:32:32

Well, the first question to ask is:

karolain 1:32:32
1:32:35

What do we need to survive?

karolain 1:32:35
1:32:38

The answer, of course, are Planetary Resources.

cigano 1:32:38
1:32:41

Whether it is the water we drink, the energy we use

dwsimeone 1:32:41
1:32:45

or the raw materials we utilize to create tools and shelter,

cigano 1:32:45
1:32:48

the planet hosts an inventory of resources-

cigano 1:32:48
1:32:52

many of which are demanded for our survival.

tzmofficial 1:32:52
1:32:54

So, given that reality

cigano 1:32:54
1:32:58

it then becomes critical to figure out what we have and where it is.

tzmofficial 1:32:58
1:33:01

This means we need to conduct a survey.

cigano 1:33:01
1:33:05

We simply locate and identify every physical resource on the planet

dwsimeone 1:33:05
1:33:09

we can, along with the amount available at each location.

dwsimeone 1:33:09
1:33:12

From the deposits of copper, to the most potent locations for

dwsimeone 1:33:12
1:33:17

wind farms to produce energy, to the natural fresh water springs

cigano 1:33:17
1:33:17

.

cigano 1:33:17
1:33:19

to an assessment of the amount of fish in the ocean

tzmofficial 1:33:19
1:33:24

to the most prime arable land for food cultivation, etc.

dwsimeone 1:33:24
1:33:26

But, since we humans are going to be

dwsimeone 1:33:26
1:33:29

consuming these resources over time

cigano 1:33:29
1:33:33

we then realize that not only do we need to locate and identify-

tzmofficial 1:33:33
1:33:36

we also need to track.

dwsimeone 1:33:36
1:33:37

We need to make sure we don't run out

dwsimeone 1:33:37
1:33:40

of any of this stuff; that would be bad.

tzmofficial 1:33:40
1:33:42

And this means not only tracking our rates of use

cigano 1:33:43
1:33:46

but the rates of earthly regeneration as well

dwsimeone 1:33:46
1:33:48

such as how long it takes for say,

karolain 1:33:48
1:33:52

a tree to grow or a spring to replenish.

tzmofficial 1:33:52
1:33:55

This is called “Dynamic Equilibrium”.

dwsimeone 1:33:55
1:33:59

In other words, if we use up trees faster than they can be grown back,

cigano 1:34:00
1:34:03

we have a serious problem, for it is unsustainable.

cigano 1:34:03
1:34:06

So then, how do we track this inventory

karolain 1:34:06
1:34:08

especially when we recognize that

dwsimeone 1:34:08
1:34:11

all of this stuff is scattered everywhere?

dwsimeone 1:34:11
1:34:15

We have large mineral mines in what we call Africa,

dwsimeone 1:34:15
1:34:17

energy concentrations in the Middle East,

dwsimeone 1:34:17
1:34:21

huge tidal power possibilities on the Atlantic coast of North America,

dwsimeone 1:34:21
1:34:25

the largest supply of fresh water in Brazil, etc.

cigano 1:34:25
1:34:29

Well, once again, good old science has a suggestion:

dwsimeone 1:34:29
1:34:32

It's called “Systems theory”.

dwsimeone 1:34:32
1:34:36

Systems theory recognizes that the fabric of the natural world,

cigano 1:34:36
1:34:39

from human biology to the earthly biosphere

dwsimeone 1:34:39
1:34:42

to the gravitational pull of the solar system itself,

cigano 1:34:42
1:34:47

is one huge synergistically connected system - fully interlinked.

cigano 1:34:47
1:34:50

Just as human cells connect to form our organs

cigano 1:34:50
1:34:52

and the organs connect to form our bodies

cigano 1:34:53
1:34:56

and since our bodies cannot live without the earthy resources

dwsimeone 1:34:56
1:35:01

of food, air and water, we are intrinsically connected to the earth.

dwsimeone 1:35:01
1:35:02

And so on.

pcmcgee 1:35:02
1:35:06

So, as nature suggests, we take all of this inventory

pcmcgee 1:35:06
1:35:10

and tracking data, and create a “system” to manage it.

pcmcgee 1:35:10
1:35:13

A “Global Resource Management System”, in fact,

pcmcgee 1:35:13
1:35:16

to account for every relevant resource on the planet.

pcmcgee 1:35:17
1:35:21

There is simply no logical alternative, if our goal as a species

dwsimeone 1:35:21
1:35:26

is survival in the long run. We have to keep track as a whole.

pcmcgee 1:35:26
1:35:29

That understood, we can now consider production.

pcmcgee 1:35:29
1:35:31

How do we use all this stuff?

pcmcgee 1:35:31
1:35:34

What will our process of production be, and what do we need

pcmcgee 1:35:34
1:35:38

to consider to make sure it is as optimized as possible,

pcmcgee 1:35:38
1:35:41

to maximize our sustainability?

dwsimeone 1:35:41
1:35:44

Well, the first thing that jumps right out at us, is the fact

dwsimeone 1:35:44
1:35:47

that we need to constantly try and preserve.

pcmcgee 1:35:47
1:35:50

The planet's resources are essentially finite.

pcmcgee 1:35:50
1:35:53

So it is important that we be “strategic”.

pcmcgee 1:35:53
1:35:57

"Strategic Preservation" is key.

pcmcgee 1:35:57
1:36:00

The second thing we recognize, is that some resources

pcmcgee 1:36:00
1:36:03

are really not as good as others in their performance.

pcmcgee 1:36:03
1:36:06

In fact, some of this stuff when put into use

pcmcgee 1:36:06
1:36:08

has a terrible effect on the environment,

tzmofficial 1:36:08
1:36:10

which invariably hinders our own health.

dwsimeone 1:36:10
1:36:15

For example: oil and fossil fuels, no matter how you cut it,

pcmcgee 1:36:15
1:36:18

release some pretty destructive agents into the environment.

pcmcgee 1:36:18
1:36:22

Therefore, it is critical we do our best to use such things

dwsimeone 1:36:22
1:36:25

only when we really have to- if at all.

pcmcgee 1:36:25
1:36:30

Fortunately for us, we see a ton of solar – wind – tidal – wave –

dwsimeone 1:36:30
1:36:34

heat differential and geothermal possibilities for energy production.

dwsimeone 1:36:35
1:36:39

So we can strategize objectively, about what we use and where,

pcmcgee 1:36:39
1:36:43

to avoid what could be called “negative retroactions”,

pcmcgee 1:36:43
1:36:46

or anything that results from production or use

pcmcgee 1:36:46
1:36:50

that damages the environment and hence, ourselves.

dwsimeone 1:36:50
1:36:53

We will call this “Strategic Safety”

pcmcgee 1:36:53
1:36:57

to couple in with our "Strategic Preservation”.

dwsimeone 1:36:57
1:37:00

But production strategies do not stop there.

pcmcgee 1:37:00
1:37:03

We are going to need an "Efficiency Strategy”,

pcmcgee 1:37:03
1:37:06

for the actual mechanics of production itself.

pcmcgee 1:37:06
1:37:08

And what we find is that there are roughly

pcmcgee 1:37:08
1:37:11

three specific protocols we must adhere to:

dwsimeone 1:37:12
1:37:15

1: Every good we produce must be designed

dwsimeone 1:37:15
1:37:17

to last as long as possible.

dwsimeone 1:37:17
1:37:19

Naturally, the more things break down,

pcmcgee 1:37:19
1:37:22

the more resources we are going to need to replace them,

pcmcgee 1:37:22
1:37:24

and the more waste produced.

dwsimeone 1:37:24
1:37:27

2: When things do break down,

karolain 1:37:27
1:37:30

or are no longer usable for whatever reason,

karolain 1:37:30
1:37:32

it is critical that we harvest, or recycle

dwsimeone 1:37:32
1:37:34

as much as we possibly can.

pcmcgee 1:37:34
1:37:38

So the production design must take this into account directly

pcmcgee 1:37:38
1:37:41

at the very earliest stages.

dwsimeone 1:37:41
1:37:45

3: Quickly evolving technologies, such as electronics,

karolain 1:37:45
1:37:49

which are subject to the fastest rates of technological obsolescence,

karolain 1:37:49
1:37:51

would need to be designed to foreshadow

pcmcgee 1:37:52
1:37:55

and accommodate physical updates.

karolain 1:37:55
1:37:59

The last thing we want to do is throw away an entire computer system

karolain 1:37:59
1:38:02

just because it has only one broken part, or is outdated.

pcmcgee 1:38:03
1:38:06

So we simply design the components to be easily updated,

pcmcgee 1:38:06
1:38:11

part by part, standardized and universally interchangeable,

pcmcgee 1:38:11
1:38:15

foreshadowed by the current trend of technological change.

dwsimeone 1:38:15
1:38:19

And when we realize that the mechanisms of "Strategic Preservation”,

dwsimeone 1:38:19
1:38:22

“Strategic Safety” and “Strategic Efficiency”

karolain 1:38:23
1:38:25

are purely technical considerations

pcmcgee 1:38:25
1:38:28

devoid of any human opinion or bias,

karolain 1:38:28
1:38:32

we simply program these strategies into a computer

karolain 1:38:32
1:38:34

which can weigh and calculate all the relevant variables,

pcmcgee 1:38:35
1:38:37

allowing us to always arrive

pcmcgee 1:38:37
1:38:40

at the absolute best method for sustainable production

tzmofficial 1:38:40
1:38:43

based on current understandings.

pcmcgee 1:38:43
1:38:45

And while that might sound complex

karolain 1:38:46
1:38:48

all it is, is a glorified calculator,

karolain 1:38:48
1:38:50

not to mention that such multi-varied

karolain 1:38:50
1:38:52

decision making and monitoring systems,

karolain 1:38:52
1:38:56

are already used across the world today for isolated purposes.

pcmcgee 1:38:56
1:39:00

It is simply a process of scaling it out.

pcmcgee 1:39:00
1:39:01

So...

karolain 1:39:01
1:39:04

Now, we not only have our Resource Management System,

karolain 1:39:04
1:39:07

but also a Production Management System,

karolain 1:39:07
1:39:10

both of which are easily computer automated

karolain 1:39:10
1:39:14

to maximize efficiency, preservation and safety.

karolain 1:39:14
1:39:17

The informational reality is that the human mind

karolain 1:39:17
1:39:21

or even a group of humans, cannot track what needs to be tracked.

karolain 1:39:21
1:39:25

It must be done by computers, and it can be.

pcmcgee 1:39:25
1:39:29

And this bring us to the next level: Distribution.

pcmcgee 1:39:29
1:39:32

What sustainability strategies make sense here?

dwsimeone 1:39:32
1:39:34

Well, since we know that the shortest distance

dwsimeone 1:39:34
1:39:36

between two points is a straight line,

pcmcgee 1:39:37
1:39:40

and since energy is required to power transport machines,

pcmcgee 1:39:40
1:39:43

the less transport distance, the more efficient.

karolain 1:39:44
1:39:48

Producing goods in one continent and shipping them over to another

dwsimeone 1:39:48
1:39:50

only makes sense if the goods in question

dwsimeone 1:39:51
1:39:53

simply cannot be produced in the target area.

pcmcgee 1:39:54
1:39:56

Otherwise, it is nothing but wasteful.

pcmcgee 1:39:56
1:40:00

We must localize production, so distribution is simple,

pcmcgee 1:40:00
1:40:03

fast, and requires the least amount of energy.

pcmcgee 1:40:03
1:40:06

We