PROFIT: 3 of 4 People Will Try Something Else

Female figurines with upraised arms, from pre-Dynastic Egypt c 3500 BCE

      Since August 2011 when I published WOOP: We the Workers of the World Walk Out On Profit, the people who do the world’s work every day (You) have continued to work harder, get poorer and become seemingly more powerless—because, of course, there is no bottom or limit to the subjection intended for us by the Profit System (https://jackdempsey

      This is also fundamentally because working people have continued to believe the lie coming at them 24/7 from Profit—that they have no real power to change course. This, even as Profit must have them working every day, like a powerful vampire who actually depends on willing victims.

If you believe that is your “fate,” you might want to know what other people think.

At the end of WOOP I asked a simple poll-question: “Is private Profit the best way to promote everybody’s progress?”

Here are the results (and I did not vote!):

      Total Responses/Votes: 36

      EMPHATIC NO: 22 votes (or 61.11%)—“because taking more than you give [Profit] does not add up.”

      MAYBE WE NEED A NEW SYSTEM: 6 votes (or 16.67%)

      Add those two figures (total 77.78%): THREE OUT OF FOUR people support active cooperative change or at least believe another way is possible. 

Not a single respondent expressed belief in the maxim of Profit that “selfishness drives me to meet other people’s needs.”

The remainder (6 votes or 16.66%) voted “Other” without any comment whatsoever.

So, What are we going to do about it? Do you understand yet that your daily relationship with Work is your greatest point of real power? Business knows it. 

As the Capitalist Profit System continues to lie, steal, conquer, kill and destroy the Earth to “prove” itself—as you look at your only “choices” in either Shillary, or Donald-Everybody-Duck—we might want to look again at what really is happening to us, and what we still really can do about it. May these words from Thucydides at the head of WOOP‘s original page challenge and inspire you to act, with all other human beings, on behalf of your own life and the life of the only planet we have.

The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage.


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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One Response to PROFIT: 3 of 4 People Will Try Something Else

  1. abubenadhem says:

    Please add me to the 22 “emphatic ‘NO’s.” Thank you for the “Shillary” and the “Donald-Everybody-Duck” epithets. Lorraine and I are also appalled that it has come to this.

    If you have time for recreational reading, I highly recommend the English translation of Hans Fallada’s “Jeder stirbt für sich allein” (“Every Man Dies Alone”) the novelized true story Otto and Elise Hampel (“Quangel” in the novel), elderly, existentialist resisters to the Nazi regime in the early 40s. Chris Hedges is calling for such action her now, three generations later. The descriptions of speech, thought and behavior by the various characters–good, bad and ugly–is excellent. The outcome, of course, is tragic. BE WELL !

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