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Article from 1995: If GDP is up, why is America down?

About GDP and inequality

“Top CEOs earn 250x times what people at the bottom earn”

“The GDP does not distinguish between bad and good economic activity – war, crime and environmental destruction all add to GDP” (if there is a oil spill and someone has to clean it up this adds to GDP)”

“A rising tide lifts all boats – if you are wealthy enough to have a boat”

What about a basic minimum income for all people and a limit to maximum income?

steady state economy: question growth is radical but here are three good reasons:

  • environmental
  • social
  • practical: Growth is the exception in world history – not the norm. Periods of growth only lasted around 20 years (above 2% per year)

“If you give people the opportunity – they do very interesting things with their time.”

“47% in Britain support the idea of a minimum income.”

reform in the financial system is needed.

About Dan O’Neil:

“We have forgotten that economic growth is just one means to an end – not an end in itself. But once we let go of our obsession with GDP we can focus on what really matters – the health of our societies and the ecosystems that contain them.”

My comment:

Thank you Dan for this excellent very inspiring speech with wisely chosen words – you give a lot of insights into the tragedies and stupidities of economics.

The problem is – again – that in order to pay back a loan with interest rates… you will have to have growth – so it’s again the way money is created (debt plus interest created money) that forces companies forming people to grow – no matter in evil or good direction.

Even if you are earning money in the most evil way – the banks don’t care how you pay back your loan.

Its mad – it’s crazy – it’s stupid – it’s self destructive – it is unsustainable – it’s a “stupid debt money game” … will there be ever a different game?

is mankind doomed to be stay stupid?

I don’t think so and we need to fight this. Or mankind will have no future.

Maybe another point that gives Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos motivation to go to Mars?

Because there is a small rest of socialism (healthcare, thanks god! just look at USA or UK! privatized healthcare literally MEANS DEATH!)

For all neo liberal fascist capitalists: it is great – because the only society wise accepted – “correct” way to die – is from too much work.

If you die – because you worked too hard or drive too fast (because of work). That is completely OKIDOKAY.

So Germans work – work – work – work – work – work – so they don’t have to develop their social skills and can stay or become heartless assholes – the best performing type of human in capitalism.

When you are surrounded by 99% assholes – you wish for a quick death.

But there is one flaw in the system: Humans != Machines – no matter how much you try to treat a human like a machine – he is still a human.

The solution is obvious: replace all humans with machines.

What this means is basically: Return the “useless” human to the state and say “he/she has become useless – you care for him now”.

This is called unemployment.

generating 80% of all the electricity the fulfillment centers use. from books to billions. “overnight successes take 10 years”

“failure and pioneering are inseparable twins.” “customer obsession – focus on the obvious – cheap products – fast delivery – vast selection”

“i love space” – now competing with Elon Musk for being the first man on Mars?

Reusable refillable (in flight) rockets are at the core of both entrepreneurs.

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