The Economy was not invented by humans or “economists”. The Economy was here before humans even arrived. The real economy of this planet is its forests and oceans.  Its currency is water, food, oxygen, sunlight.  Its stock market is the ecosystems and climate systems that balance the value and allocation of these resources, and its stakeholders are the 8 million species that live here and contribute to this economy, each of them in their own way.  Unlike the dysfunctional human economy, in the real economy of this planet there used to be no price inflation, no economic boom and bust cycles. With the exception of rare extinction events, the value of the trees, the food, the oxygen stayed pretty much the same for millions of years: priceless, yet renewable. It was an immortal economy, build to last until the end of time.

Until humans arrived.  The “human economy” is an economy that can only survive as a parasite on the real economy of the planet.  It has no sound business principles, driven exclusively by borrowing and exploitation.    The Bank of Earth is the sole, big lender that props up this bogus human economy, and it has already declared bankruptcy hundreds of years ago.  It will be run down to the ground, as long as the human economy continues to follow the main principles of capitalism: Exploit.  Destroy. Leverage. Accelerate. Monetize. Grow. Inflate.  The human economy is a Ponzi scheme, holding the entirety of Earth’s economy hostage.

(from the upcoming “Little Book of Doom”)

George is an author, researcher, podcast host, chemist, molecular biologist and food scientist. You can follow him on Twitter @99blackbaloons , listen to his Spotify podcast George reads George, sign up for blog alerts below, or enjoy his books

3 thoughts on “Economy

  1. The economy as Catton observed in 1980 is not that of parasites but rather that of detritivores. Humans, like pond algae, came upon a rich source of energy and bloomed to the point of altering their habitat to the point it can no longer support. Like any detritivores bloom, it will collapse.

  2. There was always something that bothered me about the way humans use the planet for their advantage. It seemed like a fools errand. There is no free lunch. Yet I now know this to be true I am still acting as if the planet is infinite in size and resources. What is wrong with me? Love Rick

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