The Trial Lawyer Summer 2018 - Page 79

have a bottom ? Because if so , this is the bottom of so-called human progress — down where the mud eels mate with the cephalopods . ( Or at least that ’ s how I picture the bottom .)
This analyst note is one of the best outright examples I ’ ve ever seen of how brutal our market economy is . In the past , this truth would not have been spoken . It would ’ ve lived deep within a banker ’ s soul and nowhere else . It would ’ ve been viewed as too repulsive for the wealthy elite to say , “ We don ’ t want to cure diseases because that will be bad for our wallet . We want people to suffer for as long as possible . Every suffering human enriches us a little bit more .”
We ’ re circling the drain in the toilet bowl , and as you know , the contents speed up as they near the end , the event horizon . We are beginning to see more and more how disgusting a profitabove-all-else economy really is . When Donald Trump bombed Syria , the stocks of weapons contractors shot up . That spike in stocks is a spike in the gravity of capitalism , pulling people toward death and destruction . Profit has power . And its power is exerted on the society as a whole .
Furthermore , there is no debate about this on your mainstream outlets . There is no discussion as to whether war profiteering is what we really want out of our society . None . You tell me : How many perfectly coiffed CNN or Fox News hosts stated : “ Weapons contractors benefited from our bombing . Isn ’ t that revolting ? Doesn ’ t that just make you gag in your soup ? Doesn ’ t that mean we ’ ve created an upside-down system that rewards barbaric bullshit ?”
You will not hear that discussion . You ’ re more likely to hear them discuss the best blind pingpong player to ever star in a short film about self-harm . Hard news topics do not see the light of day on our suffocated corporate airwaves .
And believe it or not , the Goldman note gets even worse . The analyst says , “ In the case of infectious diseases such as hepatitis C , curing existing patients also decreases the number of carriers able to transmit the virus to new patients …”
Decreases the number of carriers ?
Goldman Sachs … is in a financial partnership … with f *** ing infectious diseases . Let that sink in . Sit with that and decide whether you want to keep your seat on spaceship Earth . I ’ ll wait .
When I first read about this — after I stopped choking on my tongue — I realized it made more sense than I first thought . I ’ ve always felt Lloyd Blankfein had a striking resemblance to Hepatitis C . But it turns out he just works with Hepatitis C . They ’ re just really close friends and business partners . ( But I heard Ebola is the godfather to his kids .)
Our aggressive strain of unfettered capitalism has blasted beyond satire in many ways . In one of my favorite Chris Rock specials , “ Bigger & Blacker ,” which I first saw when I was a teenager , he had a joke that blew my mind . He said something like , “ They ain ’ t never gonna cure AIDS . They ain ’ t never gonna cure AIDS . There ’ s too much money in it . The money ’ s not in the cure . The money ’ s in the comeback ! The money ’ s in the comeback .”
And I found that bit hilarious . I loved it . Because I thought it was a joke . Now , I see — it ain ’ t no joke . He ’ s right . They aren ’ t even trying to cure infectious diseases that make them piles of cash . Instead , the moneyed interests are complaining to their clients that they need to avoid curing these diseases . Because not only do they lose money on the patient who no longer needs meds , they also lose money because that patient won ’ t pass the disease onto others .
I swear these drug companies are roughly two weeks away from just going , “ Hey , what if we send Bruce — that guy in the copy room — out to stab people in the back of the neck with infected needles ? Is that over the line ? Because that would increase our cash flow . And not only do we make money from the newly infected person , but they ’ re likely to pass it on to other people . How great is that ?”
A profit-driven world creates a disgusting reality with a contorted value system . A world where oil companies view oil spills that destroy whole coastal communities as the price of doing business . In fact , they even declared it ’ s good for the local economy . A world where millions of animals are abused for their entire lives is just the price of doing brunch . A world where massive hurricane destruction is a business opportunity rather than a tragedy . “ Honey , check the weather report . Are there any 155-mileper-hour business opportunities ripping through any Caribbean islands ?”
And now corporations no longer fret over government interference — because they own the government . For them to worry about that would be like you worrying that your carpet might stop you from going out to a movie this evening . I think we ’ ve established what the carpet does . It lays there . Corporations now spew forth their true goals and motivations without much concern for the backlash . They can do things like use attack dogs on protesters at Standing Rock and not worry about the consequences . Who cares ? The worst that could happen to them is they pay a fine — a “ sorry we bit you with vicious maneating dogs ” fine .
We have a value systems disorder . A large percentage of our society now views this Goldman Sachs-style thinking as acceptable . It should be viewed as equally grotesque as beating someone over the head and then selling them bandages . Now imagine that ’ s your company ’ s business model . And you get investors to help you achieve it . Next to a glowing PowerPoint presentation you say , “ You guys help me pay for the baseball bat . I ’ ll beat people over the head with that bat . My bat-swinging skills are well documented . I then sell the bloodied victims our top-shelf bandages . And with little effort on your part , you get a cut of the profits . It ’ s a rock-solid investment .” That ’ s how we need to view what Goldman Sachs is saying in this analyst note .
The only way a system ends up at this point — with our values this far upside down — is with endless advertising in a profit-driven society . This is a system built on the exploitation of others for gain . There was no time when that was not true . And that ’ s why we need a revolution of the mind .
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