WOOP: We the Workers of the World WALK OUT ON PROFIT


We the Workers of the World


Sincerely Proposed, If Seemingly Preposterous


‘The secret of happiness is freedom,

and the secret of freedom, courage.’



The empire of Profit has come round-the-world home—to “reduce,” colonize and impoverish every last working person on the planet. This means you.

It’s time to get real with the same intensity as Profit. Our human equality is outflanked by an economy whose core mechanism and values undermine law and democracy, big and small. The systemic motto has always been Profit At Any Cost. Now it qualifies also as an ecological cancer killing Earth.

Don’t know what to do? Do nothing, play the game, and what we call life (freedom) has little chance of survival—let alone of thriving, as it should—because Profit increasingly builds its advantages around and against the world’s human ideals.

We defeat ourselves each day in the very terms by which we work—in the fine print of Profit, which tells us there is no other choice.

My aim on this Labor Day 2011 is to ask you to realize and act on fact. We are not trapped.

The value of our daily work is what Profit must have. The place where we work is the central point of power to make change happen. Our power is always already in our hands. No one can take it away from us, unless we allow it.

WOOP (in 5000 words) proposes a sustained local and worldwide cooperative action to reclaim the value of our work, and for the creation of a work-based economy of equals.

Nothing to “believe in,” except that equality means treating others with the justice we expect. No one to harm or demonize: we simply stop living out a very mistaken idea that divorces daily work from well-being and freedom. And no laws to break, since cooperative sharing is not (yet) illegal.

A quick poll at the bottom here poses a key question. And I hope you’ll read through before you’re finally certain of your answer.


Find the act that reclaims the real power of your own work, help others to do so in that act, and working people win. On Earth there is no greater power than every person’s share of work—when we bring it together.

That is the soul of WOOP: informed, nonviolent, connected and courageously human workers walking out on Profit, and into a world of genuine equals—because of the integrity of each life’s daily work (pulling your weight in the world).

Beyond that burden—which is actually half or less of what you work now every day—each of us knows how to live our own happiness in a heritage of common freedom.

By freedom, I mean no more or less than doing what you want to do with most of each living day, doing no harm. By work, I mean tasks you might not do if life were a fully-free ride, without demands for survival and a sense of self-respect about pulling your weight. I feel sure you’d choose a work-week of 20 hours over the present 40-plus, if we could work it out. We can, but something’s in the way. Let’s go to the root of what profit means.

Please note—Profit is a practice, not a person. There is no reason to demonize, compel, or harm anybody. A Profiteer is addicted to Profit. An addiction is that which you cannot keep from doing, no matter how harmful, in spite of reason. Profit like addiction must always have more. Willfully unconscious to consequences, it cannot help but destroy.

As said, WOOP presents nothing to believe in, and nothing to tear down except one addictive illusion—that the work we each do, one day at a time, rightly makes us un-equals in the world economy.


If others’ deprivations must be part of your rewards for work, reconsider. If you think you’ll lose your motive to work hard, produce excellence and be creative when everybody has the same access to the stores, read on.

If you think your work is harder or “worth more” than what others contribute, and that you should get exclusive privileges and rewards for it, please observe that A) Nobody can work more than one day at a time; and, B) You chose your work. I feel sure that you don’t see yourself as a martyr for the world’s well-being, that you wouldn’t want to “obligate” anyone else into acts or situations against their will because of choices you made for yourself.

 Here’s the essential WOOP challenge:

1) Act to recognize and prove the equal value of your and all others’ work; 2) Do your work well in half the compulsory time each week; and, 3) Instead of a paycheck (which now proves that you worked this week), take home an employer-certified card like the current ATM-type—which henceforth gives you equal access to anything in the store of worldwide production.

There’s no need for a nanny-state or “new world order” computer-chip in your skin. WOOP works with the standing local and macro-systems that we have—including the world’s best-ever chance to create real justice, The Constitution of the United States. We only need to change the engine’s core program, the reason and values by which we participate in every day of work.


Open stores! Yes, people will go crazy at first, for awhile.

Yet, what happens with almost every thing we acquire? We want it, work for it, get it, enjoy it, and then the glow and the thrill wear off—especially as we see others also having it.

Thanks to the sexy, power-soaked mirages of Profit’s public relations industry, it’s often too late in life when we realize that things don’t mean very much. People who wake up feel they have quit an addiction: I wanted, I got, I grew bored, and then I wanted more. That’s all Profit really has to offer—life as a rat turning Profit’s wheel, kept docile with rations, terror, bribe-sweets, and shiny objects.

Question: If living already makes it clear that the one real thing is how we cultivate and share ourselves—whether we live out the potentials of being human and free in our own ways—shouldn’t we be living those values now?

Would you go crazy with greed in a world of open stores after WOOP? Or is it just “other people” who’d spoil it for everybody?

A life is both unique and meaningful in the web of life because of its relationships with others. An equal day’s work enables them all to live in their million ways. Instead, we’ve been living and toiling under a myth that you produce your daily excellence only if you’re driven by competitive fear; in a competition whose goal is either unspeakable or unknown. No good hustler states his goal aloud, and no truly representative “leader” can be incapable of stating it, since the people they represent have said it first.

Work by the vast majority of people on Earth makes your life work every day, as yours does theirs. Why would most people suddenly let you down if their work brought them anything you can have?


We already prove our power with each day of work. Yet in return we receive less freedom, more poverty. If that is the (delusionary, backwards) case, is it not more realistic to expect real and better results from the actual power of working people’s acts together—where we are, with what we have and do?

What is more real (effective) than your work? Consider that, although constantly robbed, you still have your full value for leverage—tomorrow’s good day’s work.

Let’s take hold of a 10-year time frame. Ordinary planetary citizen-observer that I am, I have ironic confidence that WOOP will achieve its goal sooner than anything promised by world-class governments and global business, for our latest decades of dedication and sacrifice to Profitable Austerity, full-time terror, and war.

WOOP takes back the freedom your real work creates.


Take perspective from a fundamental fact about human work. Anthropological science reports that “primitive hunter-gatherers” spend perhaps 15-20 hours a week at the work of meeting existential needs for food, clothing and shelter. On that basis they do whatever they like for the other 12 hours a day (with a good 8 hours’ sleep besides).

Yet, we of the “advanced” world, surrounded by work-savers and conveniences, work three times as long per week in exchange for far less (and decreasing) free time.

Why? What citizen of an advanced free society or economy would choose such a change in life’s requirements?

Economics is the big word for our daily direct exchange of work and value, which should be making well-being and freedom more of an actuality for everyone. Something is in the way (doubling-and-more the time we “have to” work)—so much so that we work in the opposite direction.



Your work (a product, a service) is a value you create and deliver in exchange for things produced by the work of other people. The value of work is its real power (from your time, strength, skill and sweat) to accomplish and contribute something. With billions of others you make the world work, exchanging work for “value-ables” produced by everybody else.

Work is a formula: Something For Something. See you tomorrow. I do not have to like you, or be like you. You worked, I worked. Now we share an equal right to receive from the world and its “store” that we created. It’s one day at a time for everybody. No one can do their job without help from others.

Something For Something works as a formula because, fundamentally, we recognize the value of each other’s contribution to another successful planetary day.

Profit, on the other hand, is by definition Something For Nothing.

Consult your Oxford English Dictionary, the multi-volume work of impeccable etymology from which all other English lexicons derive.

What you find is that profit signifies value gained from an exchange that you in no way put into the exchange. Profit, by definition, signifies an unequal exchange of value.

You profit when you take more than you give. No mountain of expert economic theory changes this.


After all, value that you take beyond what you put in cannot come from nowhere. Behind every dollar of Profit is the other guy with a shrinking stack of dimes. Somehow, by hook and crook, Profit derives from somebody else’s work and value.

The earliest uses of profit in English speak to its injustice. Here’s one of the very first (O.E.D. 1466): “A private profit hurts and harms a common well-being.” The editors of the O.E.D. were not social activists, or imagining a quaint organic merry old England.

Profit has a cousin tangled in among its root-words—“advantage,” which of course is a relative term. Nothing from nothing. There can be no “advantage” to one side without a dis-advantage to someone else.

Advantage is part of the profit family because it tries to signify the real-world value of what somebody gains by this corruption of exchange.

With advantages come more profits. More profits, more advantages; and ever-on, more injustice, resentment and destruction, until most people have nothing and a few control everything.

Sound familiar? Are the strands of this delusionary web that holds us back becoming visible? Hang in there…


Where we are is only what Profit was long “designed” to accomplish and produce. Nature and human beings are inconsequent “externalities” to Profit’s formula.

This was precisely Profit’s original policy. It was nurtured in late-medieval Europe under the bad sign of Biblical Monogenesis: a sanctified grand delusion stating that only “we” (the insiders to Profit) matter, as the planetary Chosen of “God Himself.” Its means and ends were openly declared in documents sacred and secular as the rest of the still-unknown planet rolled into the view of a predatory Europe—which had gone bankrupt because of its Crusades. The one same murderous hustle goes round and round.

Discover for yourself the full original horrifying language that blessed the new gentleman-conquistadors in Francis Jennings’ The Invasion of America. The plan in their words was to force “perpetual slavery and profit” out of anything alive “discovered” outside the crazy loop. 

From these roots—a delusion of “free unlimited natural wealth belonging to no creature that matters”—comes the spiraling destruction that so resembles addiction. (Like capitalism, it really got started when Europe took up American tobacco.) Chambers of Commerce and conventional historians erected monuments around a third word connected with the tangled roots of profit, speaking of its increasingly pathological centuries as progress.

Changing a healthy planet filled with independent peoples into a poisoned one with a disadvantaged majority in 500 years cannot be progress. But it certainly was by the Profit and Advantage of a few.

And from this, the Advantaged claim no inherited advantages?


No surprise that unequal, unfair exchange creates resentment. Profit corrupts and exploits the basic relationship in the midst of our real working lives.

Profit attacks the real equality of work when it assigns different top-to-bottom values for each kind of it. Thus, you may take from “the store” only according to the value that a self-interested somebody else assigned to your work, in the numbers on your paycheck.

Those numbers do not reflect the full value of the work done. They are cooked, by Profit’s interests “above” you on the pyramid, and cooked according to yet another preposterously-unsustainable principle: Give As Little And Take As Much As You Can Get Away With.

So, ironically—or rather, according to the illogic of Profit—the higher you go, the less real productive work gets done (as if only certain people are smart enough to make big decisions); and yet, the higher the number that measures your access to all that gets produced. The more people to whom you give nothing, the greater your own rewards. Again we arrive at a backwards description of work’s real world.

We know it has to collapse.

Lies and violence 24/7 make this only seem to work. Like the scam of a hustler who’s got your money, it has to “work” just one day at a time until you’re dead. As another money motto puts it: In every exchange, there’s a loser. If you’re wondering who that is, it’s you.

Are we really this asleep? This dead to the harmful nonsense at the central reason for our living?


As one “dynamic young entrepeneur” actually said in a business-news interview, “In an ideal world, you pay people nothing.” Do we get it yet, that these are the “values” of Profit? Look at the Profit addicts squatting on their trillions—collecting interest, making credit scarce and costly, and workers more desperate. Do we get it yet, that Profit (by its own business-periodical admission) is no longer interested in America’s future? That Profiteers have just about had it with the idea of paying wages at all?

Sure—It’s fundamental that workers with money to spend drive the demand that creates more jobs, more growth. And since when does an addict care about reality and consequences? In the first place, nothing in nature grows forever, not a star, not a cell. Unlimited growth is a 2-word way to say “cancer.” Second—Why pay people (and tarnish those record profits) when it’s so much easier to squeeze them down into an ideal abject servitude?

If one quarter’s Profit has 10 years of consequences, so what? It’s crazy-time again. For no investment in the world pays back more than education: the average is $14 out for every $1 in, a profit margin unheard-of in any other enterprise. And yet education (our most crucial investment) is precisely the last of Profit’s plans.

If Profit is such a rational proposition, why do we keep finding ourselves ass-backwards when we try to study it closely in the contexts of known facts and observable common realities? No wonder our heads spin with trying to figure out what’s happening to us. Economically, the most advantageous kind of worker to employ is in fact an educated one. And yet according to Profit’s own clear priorities, somehow education is suspect—perhaps as an investment uniquely unlikely to produce more Advantages for the Advantaged.

We look back, around and forward, we look here and there. And once we understand what Profit is (a delusion that drives injustice), the clues and pieces rush together toward a realization. The daily aim of  our present arrangement and the goal of this “progress” is an ignorant, docile labor-force without memory or hope—captive, self-policing and asleep on an eternal wheel of production and consumption. To the benefit of an exclusive few.

People who live delusions and denials must either adjust to reality, or start forcing the world to resemble their delusions. The latter state is psychosis, meaning blind obsessive omni-destruction of self and surroundings. The addiction to Profit is now so intense that it’s devouring even its own functional basis (the Earth—our Earth— and educated workers with money and fruitful skills). We live the consequences, while Profit goes on with a feast and a danse-macabre deep in its fortified fantasy-casino.

Only one thing measures the mastery of an addiction. You stop doing it. Profit never will stop on its own. The point of power, the nonviolent solution is on our end, in our hands, right in front of us—Stop Participating. Stop feeding the addiction. Walk out on a specious “rational selfishness,” which has reigned instead as the tragically-crazy father of public progress—outstripping progress with a walking nightmare history of needless slave-toil and destruction.

Archimedes said, “Give me the right fulcrum-point on which to rest my lever, and I can move the world.” That point is our individual day’s work, and WOOP is the lever in our hands.

We who really work together are reality. Profit cannot survive without our work.


Right now, when the disadvantaged reach for resources beyond Profit’s false reductive value of their work, its combined advantages called Power act to stop them. So, as we consider WOOP action, let’s remember:

We have a standing system of law and order to back up the values we choose for our economic system. Law enforcement will also work after Profit to protect us (but in new ways, too) from the pathologically selfish and the irredeemably stupid.

Right now you cannot take from an ATM unless you have put value into it. After Profit, you won’t need an ATM. You’ll just go to the store with the card that proves you pulled your planetary weight at work this week (that’s all your paycheck certifies now, nothing more is necessary)—and meet your needs with your dignified good looks.


Respect the work of others as your own, and the world is yours, because it’s everybody’s. You and they produced it.

You can even still imagine that you’re better.

Maybe you think a world without Profit will make “everybody the same.” Does that mean You will no longer be You, if other people who work their best day enjoy equal rewards? What will happen to this You?

It might be that parts of this You would die off—dead habits, dead reasons for working every day—but isn’t the shed of what’s dead the secret of Nature’s own rebirth? Surely there’s a You that aches to live larger than your economics.

Can it be that without the ranked rewards rationed out by Profit, you’d have no cause to develop or distinguish yourself? Without those, no pride, no talents, no motive to work hard—no urge to create, no love or reason that calls you to do the dirty, dull or dangerous work?

Maybe you see no fit reward for what you do except special advantages, which other people (in your opinion) have not earned with their same day’s work.

Who promised that if you worked hard, others would be denied many things as part of your reward? Surely, you see the needless and odious injustice in such a proposition? Why, then, do we live according to it?

I assume you’re reading this in part because you want to understand your own real daily values more clearly. Confident in your values, you’re not afraid to hear about others. Please, then, articulate the criteria by which you form your opinion that others don’t deliver the same day’s work and value.

If you never have, or find that you really can’t, the criteria must be Profit’s.

It’s usually the advantaged who see, in the mirror, justice and/or a merit system working just fine (under them) in a legitimate republic. Plato (whose name in demotic Greek meant “Fatso”) wanted everybody trained for war, and trained to war as the measure of human virtue, while banishing the poets. The grotesquely pot-bellied Saint Thomas Aquinas described a chief pleasure of The Blessed to enjoy in his kind of Heaven: looking down into Hell.

If you find that you want to quit your work when there are no special rewards (beyond your own equal access to everything), quit.

Pull your weight with honor another way, where you really belong, as yourself and as part of something greater. That’s where it’s at for both real living and real respect. There always will be people who want the tough and crazy work.

WOOP is a way to live for new reasons, truly yours.



WOOP is a simple, long-planned, world-synchronized, sustained nonviolent action to A) demonstrate the power and value of our own and each other’s daily work, and B) make clearly visible the values of Profit that stand in the way of global human being.

Recognized or not, there are already millions of people who reject Profit’s consequences and work together to meet each other’s needs without profit or slavery of any kind. Real economies of barter, shared currencies of nonprofit exchange, third-party credit and direct credit clearing are just a few ongoing creations and methods. We already have what we need worldwide to walk out on the core-problem in our common human way. We are closer than Profit wants us to realize.

From websites and social media to local meetings and every familiar means of organizing, the first WOOP DAY and each to come would be long prepared-for and coordinated.

For example, let’s choose May 1st—beginning at the local moment around the world when every working person completes one-half of their normal work-day shift. We might choose 12:00 noon Greenwich Mean Time for the very first action, and then watch the wave of them happen in turn around the world.

OK—So what would a WOOP action do?

After a solid half-day of your best work, you walk out of your work-place, and lift both your arms out high. Then what?

Whatever you want to do, harming no one. What makes you feel happy and free.

“See you tomorrow!” And, you mean it—because, as you’ve clearly explained to your employer, you’re proud to pull your weight in the world, and proud to work hard earning your share of it. Most people already know they can do their job’s real work in half the hours. (Or, even less—according to workplace studies including anthropologist David Graeber’s 2018 Bullshit Jobs: A Theory, which you can explore with the program linked here.)

This is not a strike. We’re never coming back to the work-place of Profit.


What if I’m the only one? What if I just get fired? How would I survive on a cut to half my present wages, if that’s how “Boss” responded? They’d cancel my health-care, too!

Such would be Profit’s first demonstration of its values.

In all these cases, you’d have the cooperative support of other people through this action—friends working for the same goal, helpers and professionals of all kinds. People will survive far longer than Profit can, once WOOP truly begins to starve out its addiction to our work.

Between the cracks of Profit we already see the working rudiments, from worker-owned businesses to food co-ops and health care. Unlike the “progress” that has ruled for 500 years, WOOP has a clear unifying goal and a recognizable end.

Think of the cooperation and sacrifice we have laid on the mystical altar of Progress By Profit. If Profit never has never aloud defined the goal by which alone we can measure Progress, do you think it can, wants to, or will?

Imagine what that much courage could do in a cause that is openly clear, realistic and honorable. We help each other already, and more every day without “business.” Probably half the true world economy now is off the books. (Like the wars.) If you know your long-term goal, you keep each problem in perspective.

Let’s use a question to see what might happen and what resources we’d have:

If everybody clearly knew WOOP’s values, purposes and goals, how many people out of 10 at your work-place would participate?


If you’ve explored this far, it might be safe to assume that there’s you and one other person. 2 out of 10 doesn’t sound like much impact. Wouldn’t Profit swat them like flies?

It would try, except that 2 of every 10 workers on the planet are equal to the value of 20 percent of a day’s world economy. Repeat around the world for even 3 of 5 business days.

Do you think Profit would notice a drop like that?

I suggest that its effect would shake the planet—some with fear and outrage, and the many with the staggering realization that our labor actually runs the world.

The next great circle of time-shifts among all the planet’s working people brings about another WOOP. Maybe this time, it’s 3 people out of every 10. Respect for real courage goes a long way.

Perhaps the terror-tactic of wholesale firings has begun. But now, Profit has to get 30-percent more out of each remaining worker to protect those margins. If they don’t measure up, they too get fired and cut loose. Business knows that replacement-workers measure up even less often.

Yesterday’s rulers have nowhere to go but more Profiteering, more compulsion, more work, more fear, more force. Because that always was Profit’s response against anybody outside the colonial walls—which now confront and threaten to close around the planet.

Instead and forever, we are walking out from the midst of those walls. They work toward a fascist fantasy of closing everybody in. Yet, we control the gate. The doorway to real living is our work. We walk in to pull our weight, and out to live our lives.

“Look, Boss, I do not produce my daily excellence because I’m competing with China. Competing for what, an empire of control in the refrigerator market? Boss, WOOP is also about your working less and your share of everything we make.”

A servant’s life and a Profit’s rationed pittance—or the world?


As WOOP days go on, the people still too frightened to share in it are not only working more and harder. They see that fired or penalized WOOP participants are not just surviving, but living different lives.

Some WOOP participants might succeed in arranging their new 4-5 hours a day of first-rate work. For WOOP’s duration they’d be more enabled to help its goals come true. Some might cunningly enjoy a picnic and, in all their degenerate fascist communism, play volleyball outside the work-plant’s windows. There’s food and music and a market of planetary skills and values going on.

Maybe 1 more worker eventually walks out.

Soon it’s 4 of every 10 workers. Almost half. And thanks to Profit’s own irrationality, the replacement-workers were already living lives more crushed than the regular trained workers. Replacements work for desperate money where their hearts and their best never are.

The world machine and its profits down-spike in every register. The Profit-addicts are getting more than restless. Back to work! (Heard that lately?) And what can a Profiteer do? Call out the police and the army, so that citizens keep working on the old terms at bayonet-point?

Will they set up road-blocks so participating doctors can’t see people who are ill? Interdict every sharing of some work or a hot meal? On the basis of what law? No Sharing?

Sooner than later, Profit wants to bargain. WOOP replies that Profit is over, and that every working person is welcome to the feast.

See you at work tomorrow?

There’s no political argument like a festival. Joy. Freedom based in our honest cooperative work.


Profit begins a campaign against WOOP as an action by sex-crazed terrorist-communists with unspeakable consequences for property and the children.

The world regime that “fights terror” with criminal armies unleashes new divisions of divisive spin-doctors. Every kind of slur, provocative agent, and fear about the loss of “our values and way of life” gets deployed—to defend the Haves against the Have-Nots, Who Now Realize They Can Have Anything By Equal Work.

WOOP is simply the normal daily display of a working person’s responsible freedom. Profit is a vampire that withers in sunshine. It has nowhere honorable or desirable to go. The more Profit and capitalism deploy and display their true character, the more people walk out and join in the feast of life.

They know how to work with honor and they prove it cooperatively every day. But work isn’t everything, any more than Profit ever was.

As people said one morning in that iron-clad, inevitable, best-of-all-possible-worlds dreadnaught, the U.S.S.R.:

“Sorry, Boss, it’s over, and we’re not going to die. We’re going to live, all of us.”

This time we know where we’re going.


If we can mount decades of useless world war for so little that can’t be done by wiser means, we can do this and arrive at someplace real, because work is real.

Groups of workers displaced by Profit tool up factories and services old and new, each person signing up for a kind of work they like. People with existing skills earn their weekly “access card” for awhile by teaching displaced people a new desired part in the economy. WOOP participants who once issued paychecks handle the cards, and their negotiability grows with every work-place linked into the action.

People displaced by a world without Profit, those whose sole work was to generate, track and promote it, also find new ways to pull their weight. Bankers, credit card companies and more—yes, WOOP means a great deal of displacement. But look at the world and see how many truly useful tasks need to get done. Displacement that leads to a more desirable life is far better than the dead-end kind so glibly handed out to millions of people now under Profit.

There’s no need for a sudden 50-percent loss of crucial services. As law enforcement and fire departments and schools begin to take part in WOOP actions, there will be more demand for new people to learn and take on those roles in shorter shifts.

Health care shortage? Half of the patients now in offices, hospitals and facilities do not need to be there. They are there out of learned or concocted dependencies that feed untold trillions into Profit.

The world is full of people who’d work like slaves to become genuine doctors and health care workers. Do you think there’s a reason why “the best economic system ever in the world” maintains a worldwide shortage of staff, medicines and treatments, while millions die? Nothing profits (or kills) like artificial scarcity.

WOOP’s goal is the opposite: real plenitude.

Nothing would really change, except the reason for being alive each day. You’d have, in the now, what Profit can and will only promise till it’s too late for you to protest that you’ve been defrauded.

You compete with cheap labor by becoming cheaper labor. Till now, social and labor movements have bargained with Profit and keep on losing. For Profit laughs in the face of protests and strikes, marches and movements that never address the core problem. Advantage always finds a way around reform.

WOOP is not reform, but a permanent walk-out. We walk out on that name consumer bestowed by Profit’s public relations, and walk forward as real world citizens. We who work are the power to say, So will it be. We need to walk.

A few best doubts, and a closing grateful for your thoughtful time.


This work derives from long observation, from 5 years of trying to put it into words, and from every possible wide-open dialogue I could instigate with anybody on a WOOP mechanism of change. I hope that along the way I’ve spoken to reasons to be dubious of WOOP. Perhaps there are many or fatal problems invisible to my own share of human blind-spots, and I welcome your assistance. (Progress means some fool stuck their neck out.) For example:

“If mortgages and all kinds of debts from owning things no longer existed—if the only debt we’d each owe is a solid day’s work—how could I change my life out of this present slum-apartment and dead job to someplace desirable, without new injustice toward anyone?”

I only know that the world after WOOP won’t manifest overnight. That humans are endlessly creative negotiators and builders. And, that a new economy truly based on filling human needs would at least be working in that direction—instead of Profit’s. The difference is key to getting there.

A few more possible problems:

“As you said, Advantage always finds a way around reform. Some people will still control everything.”

How, precisely, when they no longer control the people who produce? And to what end? Having more than full access to the world? WOOP is certain to expose and confront many kinds of illegitimate power.

WOOP actions shower daylight on the corruptions of our equality great and small. Like schoolyard bullies outflanked and faced down at last, most tyrants fold, their cruelty and fake powers suddenly useless.

“Too many people now avoid real work (pulling their weight) quite successfully. They’d never answer as to whether or not they worked. Too many would still find ways to cheat.”

I don’t believe that a WOOP world would want such people punished, excluded or mistreated in any way. There will always be some such people—exceptions, not the norms. But how does it feel when you come to the feast and know that everybody knows you brought nothing to it? How many people never earned their cynicism, never gave themselves or others an action’s chance to discover differently? 

A world after WOOP is not utopia. Compared with Profit-servitude, it will only seem that way.


Lastly, something about the image (doubled) at the start.

It’s a small statue from the first days of Egypt before there were Pharaohs. From a time when culture and religion were in love with nature, and the highest social value was harmony. That world gave us the word ecstacy: it means standing “beyond yourself,” face to face with the cosmos or the living and meaningful universe. Eternity now in wheels of seasons and circles of generations without end.

The Garden (or if you prefer, The Kingdom of The Lord) is remembering that we are in it.

That gesture we still see at a moment of triumph, in stadiums too when thousands do “the wave”—a human being proudly lifts their arms in a kind of cosmic hail. WOOP is a wave of workers’ power reveling round the world.

Think of how many aspects of human being it expresses: celebration of being alive, bold strength, inter-acknowledgment, prayer, appeal, fulfillment, gratitude, embrace, affirmation, exhilarated joy. In fact this form and gesture also relates to human families across real time, from ancestors to children—and, to rebirth and resurrection.

Profit never intended to facilitate those things. Whatever its claim, all around its trickle-down mixed results, Profit has worked against them in favor of itself.

That reveling figure, the spirit in the body rising, goes well with a Woop! aloud. For the capital enemy of Profit is true satisfaction.

This I’d make the basis for WOOP’s sign of worldwide solidarity. From a human past to a present and future worthy of our ancestors’ vision, courage, sacrifice, and luminous joy.

Old signs, new meanings. Prototype for a WOOP symbol? As I see it—Earth and Today poised in a delicate balance on the peak of our world’s “ancestral mountain”: our living home, aligned in harmony with rhythms of the lunar-solar cosmos. The mountain is Yesterday, the circle is Now, the crowning points Tomorrow. If the “W” stands for Work, Workers and WOOP like a gesture of reaching out, the crown of it all is Free Imagination, with upraised arms or open wings. Curious—do you also see a doubled human gesture, a child exultant on a parent’s shoulders?


“Keep your face in the crooked feed-trough.” “Keep Working, Keep Paying, and Keep Quiet.” “Play the game,” winks Profit, “and you’ll be alright.” Profit, Advantage and Power fool us every day, till they walk away laughing from another sucker’s grave. Nothing is more sure than our own and the planet’s turn unless we act, all together now, for change.

What I most believe is that You believe in the value of your life. That you have the hands-on power you say you cannot find. And, that a life beyond Profit is our best individual chance to show the world what we’ve really got inside. You and I are the cutting edges of evolution—of Nature’s Imagination. What do we do with that?

It’s in your working hands. Only you, each day, can surrender your value.

Play the game, and you end up playing games.

One thing you can say for Profit—It means business. Profit is deadly serious.




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About Dr Jack Dempsey

Always good to hear from you! A life-long freelance writer/editor, Brown University Ph.D. (in Native & Early American Studies)---novelist ("Ariadne's Brother," "People of the Sea"), historian and biographer ("New English Canaan," "Thomas Morton," "Mystic Fiasco" and more), producer ("Nani: A Native New England Story"), Book Editor/Public Speaking Coach: Bentley University Adjunct Assistant Professor of English, Media Studies & Communications (Best Part Time Prof 2010). Latest works? Scientific nonfiction on the lunar/solar calendar of ancient Minoan Crete---"The Knossos Calendar: Minoan Cycles of the Sun, the Moon, the Soul & Political Power" (Iraklion, Mystis 2016), based on lectures drawn from "Calendar House: Clues to Minoan Time from Knossos Labyrinth" (2011). Come and enjoy multimedia resources including filmed Native American interviews at ANCIENTLIGHTS.ORG
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33 Responses to WOOP: We the Workers of the World WALK OUT ON PROFIT

  1. ETNIKS says:

    Muhammad Yunus, the initiator of MicroCredit and the Grameen Bank, has come up with a new concept called SOCIAL BUSINESS. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_business )
    In this model profits are part of it but are captive to the founding stated social goals. The investors are allowed to recover their original investment, but no dividends are allowed. All profits generated are to be reinvested in the company in order to fulfill the stated social purpose.

    Grameen Bank and Danone yogurt of France set up such a corporation with equal capital, and developed a type of yogurt especially for the children of Bangladesh, in flavor and nutritional value.
    Yunus has proposed to set up a separate stock exchange to trade stocks of companies managed in this manner. Instead of giving away money to NGO’s, why not also use funds to fuel social businesses that are self-supporting and grow on their own once they are set up.
    In this way Social Businesses could compete against mere for-profit corporations or perform what for-profit businesses are not interested in.

  2. bob h. says:

    Some had a dream a short time ago in Egypt, Lybia, Syria and many other countries in the middle east. They used the power of people through electronic communcation to make the unthinkable start to happen. If your reseach is true and possible then bring it on.

  3. “As human beings imbued with free will, we can use the power of our consciousness to re-create our reality. Including but not limited to a body, mind and spirit free of disease.” ~ Sol Luckman

  4. Josh R. says:


    I like the article. That being said I have a few comments. This system would surely work on micro scale. One where individual contributors trade goods for services and vice versa. However, people must be rewarded based on the risks that they take and for the skills that they provide. For example a skilled heart surgeon assumes more risk and undergoes more extensive training than an individual who is trained to dig ditches. If the doctor makes a mistake and the patient dies as a result, the family of the patient requires compensation based on the mistake(s) the doctor made. However, under the afforementioned system, there is no surplus to provide the family with. The ditch digger, on the other hand, assumes little to no risk.

    Is it fair or equitable that a doctor or other professionals who assume a great amount of risk in their trades be compensated equally as someone digging ditches? If that is the case, there is no incentive for individuals who aspire to innovate and take personal risks for the betterment of society as a whole.

    What about individuals that are unable to work as a result of illness or age? Without profit, there is no surplus for these individuals to survive.

    What would happen in the case of a natural disaster in which thousands are killed or injured, homes, businesses, and crops are destroyed? The entire proposed system would fail without a safety net and proper planning.

    I agree that the current system is entirely broken and becomes moreso every day. I do not believe our current system is sustainable. We have bred a several generations that have a sick sense of entitlement. People believe that they should get something for nothing.

    Communism is not viable, socialism is not viable, nor is our fake capitalism. It will take a monumental event to “reset” society.

    “To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father’s has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association—the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it. ” – Thomas Jefferson

    • Hey Josh! Thanks so much for reading and so thoughtfully responding! And without in any sense “dismissing” points you raise, I’d like to answer.

      First, I think a fundamental place where Profit fools us is precisely in the idea of “special rewards for risks.” Who, after all, asked or forced a doctor to be a doctor? Who asks or forces a fireman to go into burning buildings? If you chose your profession, it’s only passive-aggressive to expect everybody else who works the same day to provide “special rewards” which amount to their own deprivations. If you wouldn’t do a job without gaining special advantages over others, you’re in the wrong job—working for a motive and value “other” than the one organic to the work. Socialized medicine such as Europe’s has no problem compensating/rectifying malpractice cases, and provides better care at lower cost. In such systems, if you exploit being a doctor, or if you cause harm by malpractice, you’re done. Clearly as we know, “special rewards” have not changed any likelihood of accident or malpractice—while the lack of special rewards draws in people who want to be doctors by helping sick people, rather than those who study medicine so as to become sailboat captains and golfers. Real doctors get it right because they love real doctoring. Fake doctors get it wrong because their priority is not healing.

      If you really are a born innovator or inventor, then you’ll be one for the joy of it. If your only reason for creativity is Profit, it isn’t at heart creativity: it’s using advantages of talent, education and opportunity to get more advantages. Different spirit, different civilization.

      There is no “surplus” provided by Profit. It’s a delusion, because Profit cannot come from nowhere. There is only my value and your value, while Profit is value you never put in. Profit derives from advantage—a gain by way of unequal exchange of value. The work of the world is more than enough to take care of our elderly and disabled: we do it every day, but only a very few derive and share in the present Profits. Further, how many people right now don’t do such work because of its miserable ranking in pay and so in advantages? If those were just more ways of pulling one’s weight each day, more people would do those jobs for the sheer human rewards and still be able to go to the store as an equal.

      The same seems true in regard to natural disasters. If we have to turn a dollar of Profit to help our fellow Earthlings, we aren’t worth saving in the first place. That to me is a life of zombie values. Money is not a real value. It’s a placeholder and substitute for real value—meaning real work, real freedom gained by work, and real living.

      Open to and welcoming of more argument and discussion! Again, thanks very much for pressing as you do. I just don’t want to wait for the inevitable drunkard’s catastrophe to make us change, because those kinds of moments don’t usually bring the best choices—quite the opposite. The power is ours. Use it, or lose it! And we know our present trajectory.


    • Candycane says:

      What if we put a cap on how much profit a company or individual can make based on a catagory? Well we already have that with wages. I think people already have a good achievement system, we just need the education, housing, and medical to be leveled off. Corporate companies need to bring the work home. If they choose to send work abroad and feel like giving out work to other countries, there needs to be a tax or penalty. My company owner recently said he is going to forgo his salary for 6 months. The man gave up a million dollars. Who needs 2 million dollars a year to live??!! We need to be a part of our companies, we need more input on information. We also need more information EASILY available on voting. Facts about a candidate, what they have done in past, personal character, position on the issues. We need more accountability. Sure I can sit in front of computer and watch the Senate, but I need someone to break it down, explain, give input as a citizen. People say go vote, but there aren’t enough facts to vote. It’s a frickin high school popularity contest. It is a pressure amongst classes. It is not done with knowledge.

      • Thank you for reading and even more for writing! So much to agree about—yet, consider the old saying, “There will always be poor people.” They usually don’t come “poor” to an exchange: Profit (Take More Than You Give) steals from them, creating Advantage(s) for those who steal and then use it to steal more. As Richard Woolf says, we need an economy that’s as democratic as the political system should be. In a workplace owned and run by those who do the work, the goal is to meet human needs, not exploit them to death. The “pressure among classes” you so well identify is based in/sustained by unequal economic relations—created by the delusion of Profit. We don’t need to change much except why each of us gets up and goes to work each day: at what, for how long, and serving whom. Wishing you well in these “interesting times”!

  5. Leo says:

    This is such a perfect, utopic idea. It reminds me much about the Venus Project. I’ve always said that this is ideally the way to go. It’s just a matter of adapting these ways, which are essentially completely different from what society is accostumed to. Because it is so radically different, people have the tendency of thinking it’s impossible or unachievable. That’s obviously one of the mindset that keeps us from arriving to this point.

    Unfortunately, such is life. Greed is very much real and some people seem to be voluntarily blinded in regards to the problems and inequalities of the world. I like to believe that there is a little bit of hope left still for humanity, where we can see past our current reality and understand that a better world is actually achievable if we really try.

    Then again there’s always that question… If everyone is meant to be doing what they wish to be doing, for an equal value’s worth in society… What happens when there’s too many doing that one thing? Are we supposed to assume that it just ends up working out in the long run?

    The idea of money can be pretty disturbing. The concept of profit makes people want more and more money without actually having a legitimate use for such a grotesque amount. If you divide the wealth of the planet evenly among all the citizens of the world (along with an automatic adjustion of the economy/prices/inflation that would go along with such an idea), we would all be pretty well off.

    The problem is that profit has created such greedy people, such as some of these corporate magnates, who seem to make more and more money, allowing them to get more and more things, more and more luxuries, and more and more absurbities that it gets to the point where they completely lose perspective of what is actually important in life.

    • Thanks for these excellent thoughts, Leomar90—Very much appreciated views on WOOP’s obstacles. In Western historical terms — wow, all of 4,000 years — our mental illness about the hoarding of wealth came on with the arrival of patriarchy into Minoan Crete’s much longer-standing “loose confederacy of equals.” The rule of men began to turn the then oikonomia (“management of the household for the benefit of all its members”) into a slave-based system of chrematistic values (“short term profit regardless of the cost”). The rest is literally his-story, a pointless nightmare from which we’re trying to awaken (as Joyce said) so as to recover a cyclical, dynamic steady-state civilization based in principles of harmony, social and ecological. Profit above all diverts us from reality. Let’s first-thing banish the word Utopia—it’s nothing but the disposable ghetto into which Profit and other tyrants try to confine our best human visions!

      For me the present system, which forces most people to meet their survival-needs by doing things they detest, is less desirable and sustainable than a different one in which some people might need to have more than just one answer for how they’ll pull their weight each day, by some kind of honest work. For example, while I “never wanted to be anything else” but a writer, there always was a “secret short-list” of alternatives — mine including chef, teacher, musician, gardener, or even detective! Do you think most other people feel “born” to do one kind of work, but might also live flexibly/happily in other ways? Indeed, if I’d chosen ANYthing except “writer,” I’d have made enough money to support the children whom, now, I never will have. Thanks, Mistah Biznizzman, I hope you had a few great fiscal quarters.

      Native Americans, for example—for all their few past and present exceptions—have mostly lived the values by which each person, as a “sovereign being,” finds the middle-point — between doing what they each want and making a contribution to the tribe’s well-being. That’s what each human being owes, for having received so much before we asked, and until we can stand on our own. What made it all work — yes, despite their petty wars — was a living, ongoing public life as the foundation of human bonds, from marriages to “medicine” relationships, fostered by all their constant inter-group relations. The closest we come today to a world that devotes real energy to the creation of bonds may be in the Olympics—a “sacred secular space” in which competition is never more worthwhile. Curious that all the real life-ways (from religion to astronomy) that gave birth to such a rhythmic ritual system were in practice in Minoan Crete (which you can see for yourself in CALENDAR HOUSE at AncientLights.org).

      But Profit, all around that, disorients us with one single central daily bond that is actually poison to everything: “Fuck you, cuz I got mine and then some.” Those are the “norms” in which only experiences such as natural and industrial catastrophes now seem to open our eyes to how much we actually depend on each other, and to how much we each want to give. Funny isn’t it — When we get it right, we’re suddenly living in a world where money doesn’t matter. So, WOOP action is to say — Wait a minute! We want to live this way all the time! The integrity of our own day’s work, no longer robbed from us by Profit, is what makes it absolutely real.

      So I am very hopeful in the promise of America’s and the whole world’s “Occupy” movement: it’s a new sign we’re beginning to discover that none of us can make it without everybody else. And that it’s time to put something real (such as, the value and power of our work) on the line against the mentally-ill, infantile destroyers of this planet. Are we slaves or human beings? Let’s get at least as real as the crazy people! Profiteers are addicts, and they are not going to stop.

      We, the world and workers whom this few will colonize right into the ground, still have everything we need to stand up, together, for ourselves. Do that, and we cannot lose. WOOP is the simplest, most radical, peaceful and efficient way I can see to directly activate the power of every person. Always looking forward to hearing more discussion from you—Thanks again Leomar90!

  6. Kim T. says:

    I love your idea. It is funny that after reading the article, this book reference came up in a search that seemed unrelated:

    Maverick : the success story behind the world’s most unusual workplace
    Author: Ricardo Semler
    Publisher: New York, NY : Warner Books, ©1993.
    Edition/Format: Book : Biography : English View all editions and formats
    Summary: “How would you like to work in a company that has no receptionists, secretaries, standard hierarchies, dress codes, or executive perks … a company that lets you set your work hours and even your salary, and asks you to review your boss…a company whose ways of doing business are totally opposite those of most corporations? How would you like to work in a company that not only breaks all the rules, but succeeds?” “Can’t be done, you say?” “In 1980 21-year-old Ricardo Semler took over the reins of the company his father founded and built. Ricardo proceeded to break every rule of doing business, firing an entire echelon of upper-level managers. Once he opened the floodgates to change, Semler never – even when he was tempted to – closed them again.” “Semler’s management system allows employees to work at home, study and discuss the company’s financial statements, make corporate decisions, take over the cafeteria kitchen, start their own business with company assets, and redesign the products Semco builds and how they are built. The result: in ten years of constant experimentation – a time period in which Brazil’s economy faltered – Semco has achieved a growth rate of 600 percent.” “In chronicling Semco’s inner revolution, Semler shows how his radical ideas and strategies, as well as his nuts-and-bolts specifics, can be applied to any company anywhere. For instance, he includes actual forms like the questionnaires that Semco’s employees use to grade their managers.”–BOOK JACKET.

    This example, the fabled work environment at the Googleplex, and the Social business concept of Muhammad Yunus (see ETNIKS above) appear to restore value in work. Let’s drop the profit shackles and completely free these and all people. There would be 100% employment, with plenty of work for all takers, when, where, and how they want to contribute. People could take time off work for a holiday(s) with loved ones, and/or they could stop off somewhere during travels to work on a project.

    Many people in the current world economies are already blocked out of profit. They will not fear this. Let’s just value their work, and build the new economy with them. Many more people at the current “occupations” around the world are valuing one another’s work accessing their resources side-by-side with each other. They will probably understand this paper on several levels and recognize aspects of their work that they had not yet seen or heard articulated in this way. Let’s discuss and consider with these people the possibilities that they not return to profit, and that others replace profit with value.

    • “Replace profit with value”! What a great way to say this entire article in one phrase, Kim T! I think your example-story from that book and the rest of your post measure something very real that is already happening in more places than we might guess, something that is just below Profit’s prison-surfaces waiting to happen and, yes, to “take over.” You make me realize again how simply this can work, for all its challenges—and that if/when we ever do make it happen, we’ll suddenly look back and shake our heads in disbelief at the 500-year needless bad dream we’ve been having! Thank you so much for your posting and I hope lots of people see it!

      • Kim T. says:

        Thank you very much. I hope you have a local “occupation” to visit and can share new ideas that will come from discussion about all related things that have been written, that have gone before, and that are taking place. If you travel sometime, I imagine you could discover still more ideas and do more good work at other “occupations” (or similar) that you might visit.

        It is quite a moment to ponder if the world should come to understand your paper.

  7. Thanks again, Kim….We can chase capitalism forever and get nowhere. If we consciously, together reclaim the value of our daily work, the system has to deal with US, period! So I hope people will share WOOP and start to realize that we can win as soon as we really choose to—

  8. Pewterbot9 says:

    The acronym WOOP lacks the dignity implicit with your proposal. Not a good start. Barely a tad better than “People Opposing Outrageous Profit,” in fact. It is vital for an acronym representing a respectable proposal, to likewise be respectable…otherwise, you’ve already lost before you get out of the starting gate.

  9. Hello.This post was extremely remarkable, especially since I was investigating for thoughts on this subject last Monday.

  10. don says:

    Magnificent work Jack. Thanks for helping people Occupy Reality. The truth is so simple to comprehend once the curtain that conceals the wizard is pulled back.

    The biggest question I have about WOOP (which you’ve probably already been asked 1,000 times) is how do the people who walk away survive without the income necessary to pay their rent, utilities, hydro and buy groceries? Unless a large portion of the marketplace all walks together, it will be impossible to acquire all of the essential necessities of life through barter alone. I fear that most people will find the risks too high, even though they might appreciate that the rewards could be huge.

    Establishing parallel economies is a tremendously slow and difficult task, and they must all still depend upon the profit-driven economy, at least to some extent. Meanwhile the profiteers are free to continue ravaging the planet. We already have the tools to stop them now, we just need to use them. Democracy is possible IF a new political party emerges that will carry these ideas forward, enact new laws and enforce the common interest. Here’s the beginning of just such a movement http://www.financialParty.ca

    • Hello Don, and thanks for the excellent post that raises crucial issues. I knew there’d be blind spots in WOOP (since a human being created it), and your question points to what must be the #1 most important.

      One thing I really do believe in is people’s amazing ingenuity when the chips are down, their ability to “get through” and survive when they know what they’re doing and can see it having effect—but that’s very general and only part of an answer.

      Yep, there’d have to be lots of sharing, barter and cooperation going on. On the one hand, it’s very hard to imagine breadwinners for a young family being in the first wave of WOOP actions. On the other, maybe WOOP wouldn’t need them in the early phases to start having real effect on the Profit system, and as you say it’s all about the numbers. On the one hand, people would be forcing the Profit machine to punish and impoverish them for not fulfilling the half-each-workday dedicated to itself. And on the other, Profit would be publicly impoverishing people to punish them. We already see that that kind of behavior is going to make the Occupy movement grow.

      Profit’s already making people poorer in exchange for increasing work. Perhaps obviously people do not yet recognize and despise it quite enough for the daily thief it is to take action (cannot “find the handle”). Maybe the point is to get people to really look at their situation: if you’re headed for living in the street as it is, why not act while you still have any resources to rely on through the struggle?

      Also—just sharing thoughts you have brought out—call me crazy, but I’ve always found that when people discover the new experiences and relationships they begin to have in a sustained dedicated action, their nervous systems seem to “switch over” and gravitate toward new habits. It’s a question of educated dedication to a clear long-term (10 years?) goal. I’ve had a lifelong relationship with Greece (specifically Crete) and older people there have shared many stories of surviving the Nazi occupation, whose conditions we just can’t imagine: absolutely “no” food, martial law on the street, forced labor gangs and all the rest. And yet, people got all the sharing, barter and cooperation done, because they were going to win or die trying. They’d never realized what free living was till they’d lost it. And truth be told they see it now as the most exhilarating time of their lives….

      Even so of course, historically, after that “the pricks” took over in communist vs. fascist form—but then, there had been no core analysis or action beyond those polarities either. If history can’t help but allow for any learning, maybe something like this is our next chance, with all the global aspects and assets. Hell, Profit is playing global groups of workers off against each other in a race to (their own) bottom….If the power works one way it will work the other.

      So I have of course no magic answer to your strong question—I can only look to intensive “education” about WOOP beforehand, because I feel that 95% (or is it 99%?) of people like you and me will, in fact, “get it” and see through to how easy this might be and how close we already are. After all, landlords (rent) and utilities and food-producers are all people too, and where we win with those the more the system tilts out of Profit’s control.

      Let people just start to feel between the cracks what life is like without all the needless pressure. We worry more about survival than any “savage” or even animal did/does. If we start out from a realistic point to begin with (that it will probably take 10 years, yet produce better results sooner than anything we’re doing with trillions now), the odds go up of gaining people’s long-term dedication. When you give a tiny power (and another, and another) long enough, it can do “impossible” things. It’s amazing how much of the world already actually lives without capitalism (even here in Freedomville) but we never hear about it….

      Don, a pleasure! I really do appreciate all discussions and let’s keep tearing into the core of it!

  11. don says:

    Since the “big bang” of our birth, that miraculous moment of conception, each one of us has spiraled along a totally unique trajectory. Our individual paths now consist of trillions of unique interactions and experiences. The chemical sequences in our biological growth, the emotional sequences in our psychological development and the environmental sequences in our personal lives have all had a profound effect on who we are today. In fact, considering the sheer volume of distinct experiences that have shaped our lives, it is rather quite amazing that we are very much alike at all.

    So given this diversity, this tapestry of individual differences, how does the notion of equality fit in? What possible standard could be flexible enough to encompass and understand such human diversity? Is it even possible to objectively define right and wrong, good and bad or better and worse under these conditions? Isn’t any attempt to do so immediately clouded by the subjective history of the individual? Who could ever obtain such a broad perspective of those trillions of unique experiences to be truly qualified to judge another human being’s goodness or value or worth?

    True equality can only arise from an unlimited respect for life itself …from an unlimited awe of the sanctity of all living energy. Only from that unified, common source can we see where we each fit in. Unfortunately our current culture has almost totally obliterated this point of view. It totally ignores the unity and connectedness of all living energy and violently disrespects the sanctity of life.

    We are all a long way from the “big bang” of our own creation. Of course we are all different. Of course we all have unique aptitudes and abilities. Of course we all have different sensitivities and aspirations. But if we truly have an unlimited respect for the sanctity of all living energy then we can be nothing more or less than equal. So let’s devise an economy and a system of exchange that recognizes and respects this basic truth. It’s not that hard to do once the public will is there. Without it, we’ll just continue to tear each other apart.

  12. CQ says:

    Do you suppose the ultimate injustice lies in how humans exploit animals, both free-living and domesticated, to make a profit (and enjoy sensuous pleasures) at their expense?

    I find your thinking liberating and energizing, and a lot of what you say makes good sense.

    But you make it sound like earth consists solely of human beings, as if our inter-relationships with one another were the only thing that matters. In fact, animals are our fellow inhabitants, and we’re killing ourselves and our planet by breeding and brutalizing and killing and consuming them by the billions every year.

    So can you envision a world in which we are individually and collectively fulfilled and at peace in proportion to our refusal to harm a single living being? Wouldn’t our ceasing to dominate our little brothers and sisters (or some call them our cousins) be the ultimate way to overcome our proclivity to earn a profit (taking more than giving) and to stop exerting and abusing our power over those vulnerable ones who can do nothing to stop us?

    Leo Tolstoy had it right: “As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields.” Interestingly, both of those “industries” (meat and the military) rely on one side profiting from defeating the other, instead of thriving on mutual respect, collaboration, and unselfish service.

    • Thank you for such an eloquent post and I think you could not be more correct—-How we treat other creatures and nature itself tells everything about how we’ll treat each other. In fact, all your points have been on my mind/in my heart all these years: every day I feel such sorrow and shame for how we treat our fellow Earthlings. So again I thank you for speaking so beautifully about this huge blind-spot in the WOOP proposal. I wonder—although I voted Green for President out of great disappointments in Obama, do you think there’s now at least a chance for us to evolve in the directions you describe? I sure hope so! Peace and blessings to you, and I hope to see/hear your points growing ever more audible as part of a new consciousness.

      • CQ says:

        I’m grateful for your response.

        I, too, voted Green for President (for the first time).

        Yes, I think there’s a chance we will evolve in that direction. More than a chance. It’s a certainty. Progress is the law of Good (a word I use to describe the Supreme Being).

        If you’d like to see why I say that, you’re welcome to read and ponder some (or all, for that matter!) of the quotes on my website, starting with my Introduction in Chapter 1. And if you’d like for me to name some of what I believe are the best books and blogs and essays and websites on the subject of man’s ethical imperative toward his fellow Earthlings, I’d be happy to do so, either publicly (here) or in a private email (creatures@creaturequotes.com).

        Blessings and peace back to you,

      • By all means, CQ, please do post and share some choice references to sources and web-places where people can learn and think about such an important aspect of being a human being—i.e., how we treat both each other and all creatures that are NOT human….And, thanks!

  13. CQ says:

    Thank you for the invite, Dr. Dempsey! Here is a short list of books that explore how humans are rethinking their relationships with animals, for the good of the globe — if not the universe!

    From an environmental perspective:
    COMFORTABLY UNAWARE: global depletion and food responsibility . . . what you choose to eat is killing our planet, by Dr. Richard A. Oppenlander

    From a cultural, moral, ethical, and emotional perspective:
    THE WORLD PEACE DIET, by Will Tuttle, PhD
    DOMINION: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy, by Matthew Scully
    THE MISSING PEACE: The Hidden Power of Our Kinship with Animals, by Tina Volpe and Judy Carman, MA
    THE PIG WHO SANG TO THE MOON, by Jeffrey M. Masson, PhD
    THE FACE ON YOUR PLATE: The Truth About Food, by Jeffrey M. Masson, PhD
    ANIMALS MATTER: A Biologist Explains Why We Should Treat Animals with Compassion and Respect, by Marc Bekoff, PhD
    THE EMOTIONAL LIVES OF ANIMALS: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy and Why They Matter, by Marc Bekoff, PhD
    WILD JUSTICE: The Moral Lives of Animals, by Marc Bekoff, PhD and Jessica Pierce, PhD
    THE ANIMAL MANIFESTO: Six Reasons for Expanding Our Compassion Footprint, by Marc Bekoff, PhD

    From a slavery perspective:
    ETERNAL TREBLINKA: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust, by Charles Patterson, PhD
    THE DREADED COMPARISON: Human and Animal Slavery, by Marjorie Spiegel

    From a religious perspective:
    GOD’S COVENANT WITH ANIMALS: A Biblical Basis for the Humane Treatment of All Creatures, by J.R. Hyland
    ANIMAL GOSPEL: Christian Faith as If Animals Mattered, by Dr. Andrew Linzey
    CREATURES OF THE SAME GOD: Explorations in Animal Theology, by Andrew Linzey

    From a scientific perspective:
    SACRED COWS AND GOLDEN GEESE: The Human Cost of Experiments on Animals, by C. Ray Greek, MD and Jean Swingle Greek, DVM
    SPECIOUS SCIENCE: Why Experiments on Animals Harm Humans, by C. Ray Greek, MD and Jean Swingle Greek, DVM
    WHAT WILL WE DO IF WE DON’T EXPERIMENT ON ANIMALS? Medical Research for the Twenty-first Century, by Jean Swingle Greek, DVM and C. Ray Greek, MD
    ANIMAL MODELS IN LIGHT OF EVOLUTION, by Niall Shanks, PhD and C. Ray Greek, MD

    From a rights perspective:
    RAIN WITHOUT THUNDER: The Ideology of the Animal Rights Movement, by Gary L. Francione, PhD
    INTRODUCTION TO ANIMAL RIGHTS: Your Child or the Dog?, by Gary L. Francione, PhD
    EMPTY CAGES: Facing the Challenge of Animal Rights, by Tom Regan, PhD

    From a legal perspective:
    RATTLING THE CAGE: Toward Legal Rights for Animals, by Steven M. Wise, JD
    DRAWING THE LINE: Science and the Case for Animal Rights, by Steven M. Wise, JD

    Some of these authors have blogs or web pages. I’ll pull together a compendium of what I consider some of the most helpful sites — other than http://www.CreatureQuotes.com, that is! 🙂

  14. Rita Walpole Ague says:

    Thank you so much, dear Dr. Jack, for ‘thinking and acting outside the loop”. Time it is for we human beings to evolve, out of need for endless profit and control over all. You hang in there, and please try speaking with union ‘biggies’. Perhaps your creative idea on how all workers could/should survive can ring a bell with at least some of them and their union workers.

    • Maybe what we need is a Citizens’ Union. We’re ready to pull our honest daily weight and we’re ready to share the wealth that results till what we have is every member of the household’s well-being. I guess that’s what WOOP is without the union card and dues.

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