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Peter Joseph on The Big Question at TEDxOjai (Full Transcript)

Peter Joseph

Peter Joseph, an American independent filmmaker and activist, discusses The Big Question: Environmental Misalignment and The Value War at TEDxOjai on February 29, 2012. Below is the full transcript.

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The title of this presentation is, The Big Question: Environmental Misalignment and The Value War.

Human society today has two diametrically opposed systems of economy. One is our traditionally imposed mode of monetary-market economics, the other is a physical rule structure emerging from our growing scientific recognition of reality, both environmentally and sociologically. The consequence is an ever increasing level of social destabilization and an ongoing decline in public health.

I’ve divided this into two brief sections, the first part is called: System Clash: Market Efficiency vs. Technical Efficiency. The part two: Value Wars: Societal Potential, Collapse and Transition, what we are capable of doing, what’s in store for us if we don’t, how we can get out of this system, etcetera.

Before I begin part one — economy, what is economy? It’s defined in Greek as the management of a household, a definition that’s often lost. To economize, what does that mean? It means to increase efficiency. Keep that in mind. Reducing waste. That’s what an economy is supposed to be.

Defining my terms. We’re going to use two terms throughout this presentation. The first is a theoretical notion of an ‘Earth Economy’ which I will define as decisions made directly based upon scientific understandings as they relate to optimized habitat management and human health. Production and distribution is regulated by the most technically efficient and sustainable approaches known. Compared to our currently existing market economy, defined: “Decisions are based on independent human actions through the vehicle of monetary exchange, regulated by the pressures of supply and demand. Production and distribution is enabled by the buying and selling of labor and material provisions, with the motivations of a person or group, the self-interest, as the defining attribute of unfolding.”

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