Again, Caitlin argues:
This is what you get when mass-scale human behavior is driven by profit. As long as war is profitable, you guarantee that more wars will happen. As long as ecocide is profitable, more ecocide will happen. As long as corruption is profitable, more corruption will happen.
Meanwhile, peace is not profitable. Demilitarization is not profitable. Nuclear disarmament is not profitable. Getting plastic out of the oceans is not profitable. Leaving trees standing is not profitable. Leaving oil in the ground is not profitable. Freedom is not profitable.
The cynicism here is biting but futile. Yes, war is profitable to some. But peace, too, is profitable to those businesses that cater to peaceful human desires. Producers of mangos, cars, and microprocessors would sell more of those to the consumers (and hence profit more) if the money that would have been spent on those goods had not been taxed away by the government and channeled into weapons of war. The reason mango growers lost and arms dealers won is because of the erroneous ideology held by the majority of Americans. Change their ideas, lower taxes (and shut down the Fed) and eliminate war spending, and the “defense” contractors will swiftly go out of business, while the mango and car producers will on the contrary flourish.
“Ecocide” is not itself profitable, but it can happen as a side effect of human productive endeavors. Socialist countries were extremely polluted, being driven by the desire to industrialize, and because the socialist dictators in their actions did not have to concern themselves with private property rights.
Why would you want to leave oil in the ground? It makes no sense to me. Are we supposed to regress to primitivism and all die out? It’s a good thing that leaving oil in the ground is unprofitable.
It’s true for now that cleaning up the oceans is not profitable. But I don’t see Caitlin doing anything to fix the oceans. All she’s doing is cursing and raging and reviling mankind. To add insult to injury she is sufficiently deluded to believe that it would be profitable to the socialist dictator to get plastic out of the oceans. If only she were the dictator, right? But here’s a reality check: Caitlin is
blinded by the chimerical image of a perfect chief of state. This man, no less benevolent than wise, would be sincerely dedicated to the promotion of his subjects’ lasting welfare. The real Fuhrer, however, turns out to be a mortal man who first of all aims at the perpetuation of his own supremacy and that of his kin, his friends, and his party. As far as he may resort to unpopular measures, he does so for the sake of these objectives. He does not invest and accumulate capital. He constructs fortresses and equips armies. (HA: 850)
It’s hopeless, Caitlin. You cannot stop humans from pursuing their agendas (nor of course should you try). It’s true that the world needs heroes who will sacrifice themselves for something that is unprofitable to most. But if you want to be such a hero, you need to wise up first.