Money is the root of all kinds of evil ?


I have been thinking quite a lot about the state of corporate America. I want to be clear that there is much good in our capitalistic system, and without it the quality of life would be much worse today. The point of this post is not to demonize corporate America, but instead to get consumers to think through the reality of the world we live in. The subject of this post has been rolling around in my mind for quite some time, but this post in particular was brought about after watching Dr. Mark Hyman in an interview with Mikhaila Peterson below. In the interview Dr. Hyman talks about patients he has seen that have been completely transformed from serious medical Illness with just a change in diet. If you are skeptical, I would be too except I happen to know several people who have experienced a medical turn around in their physical health by just changing diet. Dr Hyman is often demonized and he talks briefly about it in the below interview. Even if you are skeptical, let’s just say for the sake of the conversation that Dr. Hyman claims are true, and that we could cut medical spending drastically by treating people with proper diet. Where would that leave the large pharmaceutical, and medical companies? Would their board members just roll over and say “well I guess we will have to collapse our entire business, because it appears the problem we have been addressing won’t need to be addressed to the extent that would allow us to survive”. I think not, because if they couldn’t replace their revenue to keep their financial health up, they would likely try to discredit those touting the benefits of treating more patients with diet rather than medication. I also happen to know some people who were deficient in one or two vitamins or minerals, and just by getting proper supplementation were able to safely, and under the care of a doctor stop taking three or four prescriptions. How will anyone ever get the money to study this to the level that big pharma does? I work in a very good software company, and we are owned by a private equity firm. Even in a great company like the one I work for you aren’t going to get a private equity investor to give up without a fight regardless of what the truth is, if they can’t save their company by coming up with an alternate product to help their business survive.

How are we to be sure that we are getting the best treatment, that we can get from our current medical establishment? I only used the medical establishment as an example. This also applies in many other areas outside of health. You could just as easily take the latest research on the negative impact of social media is having. Are Google and Facebook going to suddenly stop training us to buy things with their algorithms? No absolutely not, because their C Suite and board of directors would not have it, and you can be sure that anyone who comes up with a competitive product that doesn’t do this would not be supported by advertisers.

It is time for America, and people all over the world to start rethinking their relationship with money and convenience. I would really like to see this conversation explode at the consumer level. This won’t be easy, because for many people who are covered by their employers medical insurance, the prescriptions that are harming us long term are cheaper than buying the right foods and supplements on a monthly basis. It is also much more convenient for us to use Google when we want to find something, or Facebook when we want to chat with a friend, because there are no second good alternatives.



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  1. Dear Brent Pinkston,

    I really like that you “have been thinking quite a lot about the state of corporate America.” In the western world, the amount of money and resources dedicated to prescriptive medicine far exceed that of preventative medicine by a startling ratio of 65 to 1.

    I agree with the issues that you have raised in your excellent post. Worse still, the issues are not just limited to people’s relationship with money and convenience but also consumerism and the unsustainable rate of consumption of products and natural resources.

    Then there has been worsening inequality, rendered all the more acute and dire by the rich and powerful. Social and economic polarizations can further exacerbate the issues of education and wealth, and such polarizations are increasing for the following reason: The USA is very much plagued in varying degrees by misinformation, disinformation, post-truth politics, demagoguery, plutocracy, oligarchy, ochlocracy, kleptocracy, kakistocracy, narcissistic leadership, neoliberalism and globalization, as discussed and analyzed in great detail on my website in a post entitled “Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic: Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity“.

    Let’s just take one of them under the microscope. Whilst Pluto has been demoted to a dwarf planet, the planet of America has already ascended to plutocracy.

    According to Wikipedia:

    Plutocracy (Greek: πλοῦτος, ploutos, ‘wealth’ + κράτος, kratos, ‘rule’) or plutarchy, is a form of oligarchy and defines a society ruled or controlled by the small minority of the wealthiest citizens. The first known use of the term was in 1631. Unlike systems such as democracy, capitalism, socialism or anarchism, plutocracy is not rooted in an established political philosophy. The concept of plutocracy may be advocated by the wealthy classes of a society in an indirect or surreptitious fashion, though the term itself is almost always used in a pejorative sense.

    Usage
    The term plutocracy is generally used as a pejorative to describe or warn against an undesirable condition. Throughout history, political thinkers such as Winston Churchill, 19th-century French sociologist and historian Alexis de Tocqueville, 19th-century Spanish monarchist Juan Donoso Cortés and today Noam Chomsky have condemned plutocrats for ignoring their social responsibilities, using their power to serve their own purposes and thereby increasing poverty and nurturing class conflict, corrupting societies with greed and hedonism.

    Examples
    Historic examples of plutocracies include the Roman Empire, some city-states in Ancient Greece, the civilization of Carthage, the Italian city-states/merchant republics of Venice, Florence and Genoa, and the pre-World War II Empire of Japan (the zaibatsu). According to Noam Chomsky and Jimmy Carter, the modern day United States resembles a plutocracy, though with democratic forms.

    More from Wikipedia:

    Effects on democracy and society
    Economists Jared Bernstein and Paul Krugman have attacked the concentration of income as variously “unsustainable” and “incompatible” with real democracy. American political scientists Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson quote a warning by Greek-Roman historian Plutarch: “An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.” Some academic researchers have written that the US political system risks drifting towards a form of oligarchy, through the influence of corporations, the wealthy, and other special interest groups.

    Also from Wikipedia:

    United States
    Further information: Income inequality in the United States § Effects on democracy and society
    See also: American upper class and Wealth inequality in the United States

    Some modern historians, politicians, and economists argue that the United States was effectively plutocratic for at least part of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era periods between the end of the Civil War until the beginning of the Great Depression. President Theodore Roosevelt became known as the “trust-buster” for his aggressive use of United States antitrust law, through which he managed to break up such major combinations as the largest railroad and Standard Oil, the largest oil company. According to historian David Burton, “When it came to domestic political concerns, TR’s Bete Noire was the plutocracy.” In his autobiographical account of taking on monopolistic corporations as president, TR recounted

    …we had come to the stage where for our people what was needed was a real democracy; and of all forms of tyranny the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny of mere wealth, the tyranny of a plutocracy.

    In any case, it is going to be an arduous task because saving and rehabilitating the USA aside, we also need the political economy of saving the planet. Yet the entrenched and insidious issues of plutocracy have loomed even larger, thus continuing to thwart many efforts mounted to save the nation and the planet. Whilst Pluto has been demoted to a dwarf planet, the planet of America, so to speak, has already ascended to plutocracy. Social and economic polarizations can further exacerbate the issues of wealth, and such polarizations are increasing for the following reason: The USA is very much plagued in varying degrees by misinformation, disinformation, post-truth politics, demagoguery, plutocracy, oligarchy, ochlocracy, kleptocracy, kakistocracy, narcissistic leadership, neoliberalism and globalization.

    The underlying opposition is not so much between the Democrats and the Republicans as between the rich plutocrats and the rest of the population. The Democrats need to (re)form their party to unite the 90% of the people living at an entrenched economic and political disadvantage in order to deal with the Plutocrats. In any case, it is going to be a very tall order for Biden to turn things around. It would have been much easier if some Republican senators had been far more honest and incorruptible, for they have been very greedy, uninspired, cowardly and lack criminal, moral and political accountabilities. It is all quite a big mess in danger of getting bigger still. Even a global pandemic still cannot unite folks in the USA and wake them up. Perhaps it will take an even bigger crisis to do so, such as a series of climate change disasters.

    I have been featuring an exemplar of a politician, statesman and chancellor so upright and unflinching in their integrity and honesty that if any of those senators had even just a fraction of his goodness and decency to perform their duties and to go against the POTUS, the USA would not have sunk to such an intractable, dangerous and protracted quagmire. The upright character of this particular politician, statesman and chancellor has been immortalized in a poem, which is featured and explained in my post entitled Strong Wind Knows Tough Grass” published at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2020/11/11/strong-wind-knows-tough-grass/

    This politician, statesman and chancellor had been fired six times and rehired six times, and still he persisted in his upright approach and upstanding ideal. He even surrendered and dedicated his own lands, real estates and military power! If only many more people in the financial, business and political spheres can learn from the upright character that I feature in my said post. In my own words, this historical figure is the personification of enduring loyalty, integrity, bravery and forthrightness achieved with benevolence and righteousness, but without favouritism and transgression. He was certainly not afraid of being fired half a dozen times. And such a person would certainly speak up and oppose corrupt politicians without any fear of losing their job and reputation.

    Enough from me for the moment. Happy May to you!

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