Beneath the notice of the social sciences, I will argue, market theory and practice together depend on a core structure of presuppositions of a necessary and benevolent design which constitutes an unacknowledged religious metaphysic.
— Dr. John McMurtry, Understanding Market Theology, 2004.
 

VIDEO: Introduction to Market Theology

 

The core foundational premise of Market Theology

Endlessly self-maximising atomic selves (whether individuals or corporations) are believed to necessitate the best of possible worlds by an invisible hand of competition. Only money costs compute to the system. Life costs do not compute, and "economic growth" is consistent with predictably destroying all planetary life-support systems.

The evidence is now overwhelming that life on earth is in systematic decline toward collapse on all levels. But the meaning is nowhere recognized by any economic model. We have come to know that the climates destabilize to ever greater extremes, but do not connect this long denied reality to the deeper macro facts that the air, soil, forests and water sources are all cumulatively despoiled across the planet as the oceans themselves die back. Vertebrate species simultaneously become extinct at a spasm rate across cultures and continents, but no macro policy arrests their one-way collapse from song birds to coral reefs to pollinators to large animals all at once. Pollution cycles and volumes increase to endanger life systems at all levels, but no global system reduction has been made since the Ozone protocol over 25 years ago.

All the while, public sectors, services and regulators are defunded and dismantled to leave ever more tens of millions of people dispossessed, but tax evasion by the rich multiplies at the same time in one-way disastrous trend. The global food system produces more disabling and contaminated junk than it does food with nutritional value, while man-made non-contagious diseases from obesity to cancer escalate into the world’s biggest killer. Corporate state wars for the resources of the majority world never stop under false pretexts, while transnational corporate-rights treaties to the life capital (means of life that can produce more means of life without loss and cumulative gain) of all societies multiply at the same time. At the core of the system, the global financial system ceases to function for productive investment in life goods, while the future of the next generations collapses toward 25-50 per cent real unemployment, and a world where no birds sing. Yet nowhere is the common cause investigated or even conceived in the business press, education or high theory.

Neither the great political and financial power structures of the world, nor the specialization-blinded professionals, nor the population in general realize that sum-totally the omni-engineering-integratable, invisible revolution in the metallurgical, chemical, and electronic arts now makes it possible to do so much more with ever fewer pounds and volumes of material, ergs of energy, and seconds or time per given technological function that it is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on Earth at a ‘higher standard of living than any have ever known. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary. War is obsolete. It is a matter of converting our high technology from WEAPONRY to LIVINGRY.
— Buckminster Fuller
 
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The Moral DNA of the Cancer Stage of Capitalism

In fact, the underlying value code driving every degenerate trend is never defined. It is, rather, assumed without question or examination and set into mathematical disconnect as the sole meaning of economic inquiry. Bertrand Russell’s warning here is apposite. “Mathematics may be defined as the subject where we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we say is true.” The co-author of Principia Mathemtica thus nailed “neo-classical economics” over a century ago. Yet no-one knew what it would come to mean. An academically coded corporate rule in a completely life-blind “Economics” was instituted with its assumption drivers hidden in symbols and closed to disconfirmation by facts. Behind all the self-referential hocus-pocus incapable of predicting its predictable disasters, a ruling value code crystallized to drive the world to ruin with no-one knowing why. This moral DNA of globalization regulates beneath consciousness by four absolute equations assumed in every moment of what is now still masked as “the neoliberal turn.”

Rationality = Self-Maximizing Choice
= Always More Money-Value for Self is Good
= Self-Multiplying Sequences of Ever More Money to the Top Under 1%
= the Ruling Growth System with No Committed Life Functions
= All Else is Disposable Means to this Multiplying Pathogenic Growth

 
 

One can test this ruling moral meta program on every degenerate trend. But because it is not seen, the greatest of all fatal confusions comes to be built into societies’ ruling meaning: that money-sequence growth = life value growth. No more malignant mutation of value and meaning has ever occurred. As on the micro level where the surrounding cell community does not recognise the multiplying gross cells eating the life-host alive, so too on the macro social level. Leading the mutant tides of hollowing-out dispossession and ruin of social and ecological life hosts is a private bank system creating tidal notes of bets, credit and debt without legal tender, and partnering with transnational corporations in predation of local economies across the world. It loots life and life bases as ‘necessary reforms’ everywhere it is allowed to move.

This is why there is not inflation while trillions of new dollars are printed for private banking operations with no life productive function. Endless slashing of life goods in wages, benefits, social security and environmental security take corresponding tides of money demand away from people’s lives and life support systems as money-demand powers multiply to the non-producing top. One can track back every step to the ruling value code at work that is taboo to see.

Global Life-Support System Trends

Conceptual trend depiction of the top seven factors that may lead to severe social unrest. Based on independent studies conducted for each issue, targeting ~2050 for peak problems. This figure begins at 1800 BCE, around the first Industrial Revolution, where most of the issues take root. The “counteracting efficiency” factor marks the possibility that current trends may slow due to increased efficiency in some form. This is noted as “inherent” since it is assumed conduct will still be “business as usual.”

 
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Conceptual Structure of Market Theology

The market structure produces behavioral incentives that are codified in both formal and conceptual social institutions that enforce and preserve the market structure. This leads to a host of socioeconomic inequalities, which, in turn, produce numerous negative public health outcomes. The figure is far from definitive and there is some contextual overlap between the listed examples.

Globally, 18 million deaths a year are caused by structural violence, compared with about 100,000 deaths per year from armed conflict. That is, approximately, every 15 years as many people die because of relative poverty as would be killed in a nuclear war that caused 232 million deaths, and every single year, two to three times as many people die from poverty throughout the world as were killed by the Nazi genocide of the Jews over a six-year period.

This is, in effect, the equivalent of an ongoing, unending, in fact accelerating, thermonuclear war or genocide, perpetrated on the weak and poor, every year of every decade, throughout the world.
— Dr. James Gilligan
 

VIDEO: Psychosocial Stress and Structural Violence explained.

 

A NEED is (and only is) that without which life-capacity is always reduced.

 

VIDEO: Both sides in any war believe that their side is the just side. The mentality of war says that only when our enemies are defeated can we have peace. Humanity has been fighting an endless war with each other for thousands of years and no side has been able to claim victory. For those who seek another way besides endless war, the question, “What is it like to be you?” offers us another path towards reconciliation and truth.

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Evolution of "The Market" Construct

Conceptual trend depiction of six notable issues that have evolved since the Industrial Revolution. Each of these developments are natural to the market economy, consequential as social and technological conditions have changed.

 
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You cannot solve problems with the same level of thinking that created them.
— Albert Einstein
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Designing Out: Where We Go From Here

The above is a conceptual graphic representing five broad system shifts to increase economic efficiency and reduce the scarcity pressure. These adjustments will decrease socioeconomic inequality and the consequential spectrum of disorder and oppression.

THE PRIMARY AXIOM OF VALUE:

+V = > LR + AND −V = < LR WHERE L = RANGE OF T-F-A AND / = AND/OR.

 
 

A NEED is (and only is) that without which life-capacity is always reduced.

There are deeper Collective Life Capital Developments needed immediately in social transition which are unpacked in P/S Ep 13 - "Sourcing Solutions". Listen to full episode here.

The solutions are self-evident and undeniable

but it doesn't make a difference if people don't know it

Ep 13 VIDEO PREVIEW - "Sourcing Solutions" - with Scott Andrew

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A NEED is (and only is) that without which life-capacity is always reduced.

I can’t imagine there will be a human on the planet in ten years.
— Dr. Guy McPherson
 

VIDEO: Dr. Guy McPherson interview on New Zealand television, 2016.

 

VIDEO: Ironic comic relief, starring Adolph Hitler.