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People Before Profit? Conversation With A Capitalist Libertarian

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By 2048, it is predicted that we may well have fished the last fish out of our oceans, cut down the last tree that once made up our rain forests, used up the last of the oil once stored deep within our planet, and polluted virtually all of the rivers that provide our drinking water.

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We – the developed civilized industrialized world – are to blame for the way our world is, including the way our systems are. The only chance we have to save ourselves and our children from almost certain extinction is for us to acknowledge this fact, and lovingly come up with solutions.

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We need a new way to do capitalism or a new way to do economics. And if we cannot do either of these very soon, we are in serious trouble.

I created the documentary The Truth Behind Capitalism to highlight the corruption within the current economic model. It criticizes the current system from the perspective of Karl Marx, concluding that we, the people, need to rise up to create a more ethical economy.

But demonstrations are not working. Occupy Wall Street did nothing to change economics, worldwide demonstrations against the war on Iraq did nothing to stop strategic wars for oil, recent anti-austerity demonstrations in the UK have done nothing to curb austerity measures, and while mass demonstrations in Greece led to a vote against further borrowing from the EU, the Greek government continues to borrow more money.

Many people commented on my video, stating that Karl Marx’s socialist ideas just don’t work, offering alternative systems to aim for instead (here), but herein lies the problem.

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My documentary calls for a unified global uprising. Not a socialist uprising, or even a political left uprising, because everyone wants the same thing – a new, fairer, happier, less destructive system than the one we have now – but we are all disagreeing on the better replacement instead of uniting together in one voice, and as long as we are divided, governments just won’t care.

So I contacted Stefan Molyneaux.

Stefan Molyneaux is a libertarian. Politically, libertarians do not fall easily on the progressive left or the conservative right because, like the left, libertarians believe that governments have no interest in solving the world’s problems, but like the conservative right, they also believe that the capitalist economy itself is the solution.

I am not an economist. I am an educator, a teacher. So who am I to say that libertarians are wrong and a true free-market without government interference wouldn’t solve our problems?

All I know about economics is that we live in a system that only functions when we make more and more and more stuff, and in order to produce more, the most important thing is always to maximize profits by minimizing costs. In fact, the success of modern economies depends on it.

The fashion industry is one very clear example. In order to keep clothes prices low for the customers and profits high for the companies, production is outsourced to the poorest countries where environmental regulations are limited and labor is dirt cheap. (source)

In leather production, for example, chemicals are dumped into local water supplies to save money, and in garment factories, workers have to produce more than 100 pieces an hour for as little as $2 a day, or else lose their jobs and have no work at all. (source)

So I put this dilemma to Stefan Molyneaux; for surely a market economy as perceived by libertarians would put human and environmental needs before profit; surely in a true free market with no influence from the state at all, morality and ethics must come before continual growth on a finite planet – that goes without saying, surely?

I contacted Stefan to see if we could agree. After all, anarchism is our shared political philosophy. We are united in our belief for self-governance – a society for the people. Sadly, we didn’t get that far:

Instead, Stefan explained to me that in a market economy, people working to make ends meet are not worth more than the money they earn. He went on to explain that businesses are in the business of paying workers to serve customers. Only if the customer is willing to pay more than $2 a day for that person’s labor, will wages increase.

According to current economic philosophy, when a person is struggling to survive on $2 a day, the worker should make changes or the customer should make changes, but the company is absolved completely from any responsibility, and this despite the fact that the fashion industry is currently the second most profitable industry in the world after oil. It is also the second most environmentally devastating.

As I continue with my project, doggedly determined to find real solutions to this mess we are in, Stefan Molyneux helped me realize something very important. We cannot expect governments to care about us, but we also cannot expect companies to care about us either.

More importantly, although we are demonstrating and demanding that governments and companies change, we are not actually changing ourselves. Businesses and governments are simply driving a system that we are supporting to its current logical conclusion – human extinction.

Our only chance is if we behave differently. We can choose to stop permanent growth, environmental destruction and social injustice. If we all start asking questions about where our products come from, and buying or not buying accordingly, we can change the world because the way we choose to spend our money already affects economies all over the world.

We need consumers to become activists.

ETHOS GENESIS (2015) emphasizes the need for a paradigm shift in the way we consume products if we are to create meaningful and sustainable change and create a world where we can live harmoniously in a clean environment.

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

Australian UFO study.

According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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New UFO Film Questions What The US Government Is Hiding

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The US recently released its highly anticipated Pentagon UAP report, but it wasn’t much more than a 9 page rundown of what has been known for decades. Regardless, for many, what was promising was that the UFO subject was being taken seriously again – and perhaps many more scientists might get involved.

For decades many have been warning about leaving UFO disclosure in the hands of a government that likes to use crisis’ or current events to expand its defense budgets. Further, why would we suddenly expect a government, who has been lying about this subject for 70 years, to suddenly come forth with the truth? What would inspire them to suddenly change their mind?

Perhaps it’s because the search for ET is an idea who’s time has truly come. We’ve reporting on this for over 13 years, and are mongst a community of researchers who have been encouraging humanity to look at the evidence for more than 70 years. It feels like an idea that human collective consciousness is more than ready to explore.

The impact the ET question has on our individual and collective worldview has the power to truly change the way we view ourselves and the meaning of life here on earth. Think of the implications answers to this question could have on how we set up and run our society as well. Technology, culture, collaboration etc – I spoke about this more in great detail in my extended interview for Greer’s. prior film Close Encounters of The Fifth Kind here.

Now, a new documentary from Dr. Steven Greer, directed by my good friend Michael Mazzola, seeks to explore what the films calls “the current government and media disinformation campaign promoting 3 big lies:”

1. We do not know what these UAPs/ UFOs are. WE DO.
2. Humans cannot make craft that can maneuver like UFOs. WE CAN and WE DO.
3. The UFOs are a threat. THEY ARE NOT.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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  • The Facts:

    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

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    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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