Planned Obsolescence, the sin of capitalism

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If you listen to the mainstream for all your information on the problems with the global economies, you will be left with a two side argument; Capitalism V Socialism. But of course we know today those two paradigms to be each a side of the coin called monopoly, minted by the wizards of usury banking.

On Christmas Eve 1924 a meeting held in Geneva would move to undermine morality within the capitalist system in the establishment of a global cartel with the goal of gaining full and complete control of the production of the light bulb. The plan was to then divide the global market between them. Companies involved included Philips (Holland) and Osram (France).

The Cartel was called Phoebus and involved the major light bulb manufacturers in Europe and the United States, Africa and Japan. If you are over 40 you will remember the cry of the older generations that ‘British made’ meant it would last a lifetime, this was a direct response and rebuff to the Planned Obsolescence by British industry and the British sentiment of fair play.

The cartel changed the patents, gained full control over production and most importantly they moved to control consumption, a move which came through control of the advertising media. The strategy employed was to shorten the life of the light bulb which by 1924, boasted a life for a bulb at 2500 hours, the cartel wanted a maximum lifespan of 1000 hours. This alone would expand the demand and therefore production. From the onset of this strategy the cartel would increase the need for resources leading to unaccountable wastage of fuels, minerals, metals and wood, so a little jolt in the direction of the environmentalist, cease blaming the people and focus your attention at the real cause of CO2 expansion and also the degradation of natural resources, its in the blueprint for corporate power.

The Corporate Plan
Consumerism Equals :
1. Advertisement-
2. Planned Obsolescence-
3. Credit

These 3 stages of modern business are worth noting regarding the promulgation of today’s world wide consumer system which is presently stripping the natural wealth of the planet for all inhabitants, including man.

Stage 1 (Advertisement), and Credit (No 3) are well known and often discussed in the mainstream arena.
Stage 2 of the consumer process is much less talked about.

Stage 2 – Planned Obsolescence..
Obsolescence is the state of being which an object, service or practice is no longer wanted, even though it may still be in good working order.. (bar say one ‘irreparable’ defect.. exampled in this case, of the planned variety.)
(Often compulsory for those entering into an established market.. I.e. permitted to remain in the fold.)

Thanks to these international, inter-company agreements (well illustrated here in the case of the light bulb’s life-reduction over the last century) we really Do have an identifiable template under which large companies Are going to operate.. To maintain consistent profits.

These agreements also foster alliances and understandings between the largest companies, solidifying the groups’ monopoly/duopoly/ oligopoly , etc., over their particular market areas.

If there is a display of competition and output styles between the different companies, there Will at least be Some agreements in place to preserve both a steady income and mutually beneficial consolidation for the established players involved. Negating any veritable competition.

These collectivist tactics have been going on too long.. Resulting in disastrous consequences globally, in ever-decreasing/expanding circles (how ever you see it) of self-interest.

The illusion of competition is diligently maintained. Its part of everyday business now. Maintained by those in the know (the heads of companies, executives, lobbyists , etc.) for the ‘benefit’ of the consciences of those further down the chain of influence and for those who’d actually care to watch what’s going on.

These sorts of corporate activities serve big money interests alone.

NOTE: Over time, production processes are becoming less and less dependent on man power and this is not as good a thing. As the Zeitgeist movement would like to promote.

Today’s corporatism is a form of fascism.. Less obvious than Nazism ever was. And is far more detrimental to the planet’s survival.

It just a little obvious in this day and age what’s going on here.. What’s been transpiring on our planet since at least the second world war and more likely, to differing degrees, a long time before then?

You can put it down to human nature, or down the activities of a particular Type of human being — ‘enterprising’ people who wish to promote their own survival to the detriment of everything else.. The end justifies the means and all that sort of thinking).

This documentary illustrates quite well (to those who’d scoff at such ‘beliefs’ as) people planning together for their own benefit to the detriment of others in our world.
Conspiracy Factualising (put under the heading of ‘Theorising’) is a lot more common than many would think.

Phoebus and the Lightbulb Conspiracy

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