Reinventing the Economy (Peter Joseph)

So, the market economy is based on cyclical consumption and it really doesn’t matter what is being produced, how it is being produced, or why. If demand or production slows, so too does the movement of money, and when this happens, the economy contracts, systematically reducing the standard of living for many. Economically, this means capitalism is structurally oblivious to humanity’s existence on a finite planet. The system wants to produce, not conserve. In fact, if you think about it, you will discover an interesting paradox to market logic: the fact that capitalism is a scarcity-based economic system that actually seeks infinite consumption. In other words, it favors a threshold of goods scarcity to secure competitive profits, theorized as a model to properly manage scarcity, optimizing resource use and distribution. Yet, at the same time, the system demands more and more human dissatisfaction and “want” in order to function and grow. Its rewards consumption, with no inherent incentive to conserve anything.
The consequence is an economic system that is environmentally unsustainable, increasingly leading to ecological problems and consequential social problems. Any attempt to slow industrial behavior, hence slowing economic growth, will be met with dramatic pushback by almost all economic actors, regardless of their sincere interest in seeing conditions improve. The quest to slow climate change, stop biodiversity loss, reverse resource overshoot, and the like are all being fought, advertently or inadvertently, by business interests trying to simply stay profitable. The working logic of market behavior is that the planet is nothing more than an inventory to be extracted from and exploited for financial turnover. That is all it knows. It has never been about coexistence with nature, but rather the exploitation of it.

3 thoughts on “Reinventing the Economy (Peter Joseph)

  1. shinichi Post author

    (Google Translate)
    したがって、市場経済は循環的な消費に基づいており、何が生産されているか、どのように生産されているか、またはなぜ生産されているかは問題ではありません。 需要や生産が鈍化すると、お金の動きも鈍化します。これが起こると、経済が縮小し、多くの人々の生活水準が体系的に低下します。 経済的には、これは資本主義が構造的に有限の地球上に人類が存在することを忘れていることを意味します。 システムは、保存するのではなく、生産することを望んでいます。 実際、考えてみると、市場の論理に対する興味深いパラドックスを発見するでしょう。それは、資本主義が実際には無限の消費を求める希少性に基づく経済システムであるという事実です。 言い換えれば、競争上の利益を確保するために商品の希少性のしきい値を支持し、資源の使用と分配を最適化して、希少性を適切に管理するためのモデルとして理論化されています。 しかし同時に、システムが機能し、成長するためには、ますます多くの人間の不満と「欲求」を要求します。 その報酬の消費は、何かを保存する固有のインセンティブがありません。
    その結果、環境的に持続不可能な経済システムとなり、ますます生態学的問題とそれに伴う社会問題を引き起こしています。 産業行動を遅らせ、それによって経済成長を遅らせようとする試みは、状況が改善することへの誠実な関心に関係なく、ほとんどすべての経済関係者から劇的な反発を受けるでしょう。 気候変動を遅らせ、生物多様性の損失を食い止め、資源のオーバーシュートを逆転させるなどの探求はすべて、単に利益を維持しようとするビジネス上の利益によって、意図的または意図的でないにせよ、戦われています。 市場行動の作業ロジックは、地球は金融取引から抽出されて利用される在庫にすぎないというものです。 知っているのはそれだけです。 それは自然との共存ではなく、自然を利用することでした。

  2. shinichi Post author

    The New Human Rights Movement: Reinventing the Economy to End Oppression

    by Peter Joseph

    In our interconnected world, self-interest and social-interest are rapidly becoming indistinguishable. If current negative trajectories remain, including growing climate destabilization, biodiversity loss, and economic inequality, an impending future of ecological collapse and societal destabilization will make “personal success” virtually meaningless. Yet our broken social system incentivizes behavior that will only make our problems worse. If true human rights progress is to be achieved today, it is time we dig deeper―rethinking the very foundation of our social system.

    In this engaging, important work, Peter Joseph, founder of the world’s largest grassroots social movement―The Zeitgeist Movement―draws from economics, history, philosophy, and modern public-health research to present a bold case for rethinking activism in the 21st century.

    Arguing against the long-standing narrative of universal scarcity and other pervasive myths that defend the current state of affairs, The New Human Rights Movement illuminates the structural causes of poverty, social oppression, and the ongoing degradation of public health, and ultimately presents the case for an updated economic approach. Joseph explores the potential of this grand shift and how we can design our way to a world where the human family has become truly sustainable.

    The New Human Rights Movement reveals the critical importance of a unified activism working to overcome the inherent injustice of our system. This book warns against what is in store if we continue to ignore the flaws of our socioeconomic approach, while also revealing the bright and expansive future possible if we succeed.

  3. shinichi Post author

    Put succinctly, socioeconomic inequality is the greatest detriment to human health and social stability in the world today. It is a systematic problem that has far-reaching consequences. The New Human Rights Movement is about ending it or coming as close as we possibly can. This is not to ignore other issues of social injustice such as racism, discrimination, or xenophobia; nor is it to bypass growing socioecological problems such as biodiversity loss, climate change, water pollution, and other problems that will harm the poor of the world long before the rich. Rather, The New Human Rights Movement serves to unify these issues.

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    簡潔に言えば、社会経済的不平等は、今日の世界における人間の健康と社会の安定に対する最大の不利益です。 これは、広範囲に及ぶ結果をもたらす体系的な問題です。 新人権運動は、それを終わらせるか、できる限り近づくことです。 これは、人種差別、差別、または外国人排斥などの社会的不正の他の問題を無視することではありません。 また、生物多様性の喪失、気候変動、水質汚染など、富裕層よりずっと前に世界の貧困層に危害を加える問題など、増大する社会生態学的問題を回避するためのものでもありません。 むしろ、新人権運動はこれらの問題を統一するのに役立ちます。


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