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[–] IAmNotGod 1 points 47 points (+48|-1) ago 

I wonder how much potential our species has shat down the toilet due to it being more profitable to inhibit progress.

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[–] dabork 4 points 22 points (+26|-4) ago 

We would almost positively have already established energy Independence and almost completely discontinued use of fossil fuel. Our medical field would also be astronomically better and our life expectancy would be through the fucking roof at this point.

There are multibillion-dollar businesses centered around keeping us fat, stupid, and sick. None of those Industries would exist if we put progress before profit.

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[–] downton-stabby 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Oil is used in just about everything. Even if we aren't burning it, it's used in plastics, foods, processing, everything.

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[–] AOU 4 points 4 points (+8|-4) ago  (edited ago)

Hey fatty, it's your own fault if you're too lazy to control yourself and refrain from destroying your body with excessive amount of food.

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[–] Savipalooza 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

This is why I think we need a resource based economy as defined by the Venus Project.

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[–] bob3333 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

None of those Industries would exist if we put progress before profit.

Neither would capitalism as we know it. The problem is the significant portion of the population who doesn't seem to understand that capitalism only serves us when it's harnessed in a controlled way, like fire or nuclear energy. If it's just allowed to go on uncontrolled the results can be similarly catastrophic.

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[–] Baconmon 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago  (edited ago)

The sad irony of this is that if all of these huge multi-national corporations would have actually tried to work towards technological advancement and the actual betterment of human-kind for all of these last decades/centuries, the CEOs and elite them selves would have ended up living better and happier lives them selves..
Because even though they might be making mad profit from their own company, once they step out of their company for the day, they still have to live in world where every other company is shrewd and trying to rip you off as well.. They have to live in a world where every one else is trying to take advantage of you.. Most of the food is processed shit, so you have to seek out healthy food.. Crime rates are high due to poverty, so you have to seek out and only be in rich neighborhoods.. And you have all sorts of other giant corporations trying to sue you for patents or some thing else, always trying to grab some of your money.. The only advantage you have is you can say "Yippy, I have lot more money than the average person", but the world you have to live in still fucking sucks..

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[–] Proppa 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago  (edited ago)

They live in a bubble completely sheltered from that world you speak of. All the big corporations play nice with each other and why would they care about crime when they drive in limos with armed escorts in ritzy neighborhoods? They'd consider it "slumming it" to drive around neighborhoods with 6 figure incomes because those people still work for a living.

Sure they lose out on some bells and whistles by impeding humanity but they are still the creme de le creme. Would you mind living off 60's technology if you were king pin, slayed all the pussy you wanted, got whatever you wanted at any point and had people waiting on you 24 hours a day? Probably not. Even if it didn't sit right with you, what the fuck are you gonna do? It's pretty well know we live in a society where the most ruthless psychopaths make it to the top, are you just gonna stand up and wag your finger at people who would have you murdered or destroy your entire life with a single phone call? Good luck!

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[–] bob3333 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

There's always the problem of incentives. In a world where everyone is honest and good, the dishonest person can make a killing. It's like a world of banks with no locks on the doors. That's an economic inventive towards dishonesty. Our problem is that we refuse to punish dishonesty strongly enough for the incentive to be outweighed by the cost.

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[–] Monsantos_Schlong 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

We'd probably be on Mars by now.

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[–] Sciency 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

You know, I would argue that things would be so good here on earth that we wouldnt feel the need to leave. Regardless, we would have the resources to do so.

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[–] Slayfire122 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

We'd possibly have a small colony on Mars by now.

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[–] Antiseed117 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

All of it