“Human Beings Have No Right to Water” and Other Words of Wisdom From Your Friendly Neighborhood Global Oligarch

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Picture: Awesome Satan mask by Schell Studios. schellstudio.com

Andrew Gavin Marshall writes:

In the 2005 documentary, We Feed the World, then-CEO of Nestlé, the world’s largest foodstuff corporation, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, shared some of his own views and ‘wisdom’ about the world and humanity. Brabeck believes that nature is not “good,” that there is nothing to worry about with GMO foods, that profits matter above all else, that people should work more, and that human beings do not have a right to water.

Today, he explained, “people believe that everything that comes from Nature is good,” marking a large change in perception, as previously, “we always learnt that Nature could be pitiless.” Humanity, Brabeck stated, “is now in the position of being able to provide some balance to Nature, but in spite of this we have something approaching a shibboleth that everything that comes from Nature is good.” He then referenced the “organic movement” as an example of this thinking, premising that “organic is best.” But rest assured, he corrected, “organic is not best.” In 15 years of GMO food consumption in the United States, “not one single case of illness has occurred.” In spite of this, he noted, “we’re all so uneasy about it in Europe, that something might happen to us.” This view, according to Brabeck, is “hypocrisy more than anything else.”

Water, Brabeck correctly pointed out, “is of course the most important raw material we have today in the world,” but added: “It’s a question of whether we should privatize the normal water supply for the population. And there are two different opinions on the matter. The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right.” Brabeck elaborated on this “extreme” view: “That means that as a human being you should have a right to water. That’s an extreme solution.” The other view, and thus, the “less extreme” view, he explained, “says that water is a foodstuff like any other, and like any other foodstuff it should have a market value. Personally I believe it’s better to give a foodstuff a value so that we’re all aware that it has its price, and then that one should take specific measures for the part of the population that has no access to this water, and there are many different possibilities there.” The biggest social responsibility of any CEO, Brabeck explained:

is to maintain and ensure the successful and profitable future of his enterprise. For only if we can ensure our continued, long term existence will we be in the position to actively participate in the solution of the problems that exist in the world. We’re in the position of being able to create jobs… If you want to create work, you have to work yourself, not as it was in the past where existing work was distributed. If you remember the main argument for the 35-hour week was that there was a certain amount of work and it would be better if we worked less and distributed the work amongst more people. That has proved quite clearly to be wrong. If you want to create more work you have to work more yourself. And with that we’ve got to create a positive image of the world for people, and I see absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t be positive about the future. We’ve never had it so good, we’ve never had so much money, we’ve never been so healthy, we’ve never lived as long as we do today. We have everything we want and we still go around as if we were in mourning for something.

While watching a promotional video of a Nestlé factory in Japan, Brabeck commented, “You can see how modern these factories are; highly robotized, almost no people.” And of course, for someone claiming to be interested in creating jobs, there appears to be no glaring hypocrisy in praising factories with “almost no people.”

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107 Comments on "“Human Beings Have No Right to Water” and Other Words of Wisdom From Your Friendly Neighborhood Global Oligarch"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Apr 28, 2013 at 12:08 pm |

    What a psychotic little fucking savage.

  2. Rex Vestri | Apr 28, 2013 at 12:10 pm |

    Someone needs to put that little bitch’s teeth against the curb and kick his head.


    • Not just him. There are thousands of cunts just like him out there that could use the same treatment.

      • Yeah, supposedly the bush Family have bought a large tract of land in So. America over one of the last and biggest untapped aquifers in in preparation for the big water privatization swindle to come.

        So. America itself had this privatization done to it and that helped to bring about the Bolivarian movement there.

    • Anarchy Pony | Apr 28, 2013 at 2:19 pm |

      To quote Douglas Adams, “Most likely to be first up against the wall when the revolution comes.”

    • Calypso_1 | Apr 28, 2013 at 3:46 pm |

      Then you could squish him & distribute his juice.

    • I know a guy who did that to somebody. Norton totally took roids for that movie. His frame doesn’t support that much muscle naturally.

      • mannyfurious | Apr 29, 2013 at 4:42 pm |

        I think Norton took roids, because I read somewhere that he started filming that movie immediately after filming Fight Club and only had like 6 weeks to put on 30 pounds.

        With that said, he’s not particularly big. That look is totally reachable without roids. Heavy lifting twice/day and 5000 lean calories later….

        • Yeah, eventually it would be possible for him. When he said in an interview he got that big drinking “meat smoothies” I knew it was roids.

          • Matt Staggs | Apr 30, 2013 at 10:44 am |

            Now that I’ve met my target weight, I’m trying very hard to tone up. Turns out the weight loss was the easy part. 😉

          • You are a machine! its inspiring following your progress on twitter.

            I have a thing where if I get over 200 lbs I start to get signs of pre-diabetes. this summer I got down to 185 and was doing gardening 4 hours a day and eating fresh salads and going on runs through the mountains. Over the winter I got up to 205 and felt like crap. I got impatient and overtrained. now I am stuck at 198. 300 miles on a bike and lost 3 lbs.

          • Matt Staggs | May 1, 2013 at 12:10 pm |

            Thanks, man! I’ve learned that the definition of fitness varies between people. I’m a little guy with a light frame, so I’m pretty much where I need to be. I think you’re bigger than I am, so that’s probably where you need to be.

          • Yeah, I’m 5’8″ but I have a larger frame. I actually can’t float.

          • Calypso_1 | May 1, 2013 at 12:59 pm |

            like a butterfly? ; )
            what’s your reach?

          • Calypso_1 | May 1, 2013 at 1:29 pm |

            your arms are that short? : )

          • Apparently, I’m less of a T.rex than Marciano though…

          • mannyfurious | Apr 30, 2013 at 11:31 am |

            My own personal experience is it’s best to bulk up about 10 pounds, then lean out, instead of losing weight then bulking up.

            Holy shit, did that make any sense? Gain muscle (and fat) first, then lose weight. Don’t try to tone up at your target weight. I tried it like that once and was stuck on like 17-percent body fat for two years even though I was basically starving myself.

          • Its a weird thing it really is. Because first of all, how do you know for sure how your body composition is changing? Plus there is the tendency for self delusion. I need an accurate way to test my bodyfat percentage.

            I am trying to get to my college wrestling weight, because I knew I was in the best shape of my life back then. I could run a 5 minute mile and bench press almost 300 lbs and do 20 pull ups and a 100 pushups.

            But 170 at age 42 I could be a 170 lb piece of shit! Maybe I should just try to do the same exercises and go with whatever weight that gets me at.

          • BTW I got my ass handed to me on a regular basis wrestling div 3 full disclosure! I would have wrestled 167 but there was an all american on my team at that weight and so I cut to 155 and one time all the way to 150 .

          • mannyfurious | Apr 30, 2013 at 12:23 pm |

            Yeah, certainly there is no “at-home” procedure for getting a truly accurate body composition reading. When I wrestled in college (D2, got my ass kicked on the regular as well), in response to some deaths from cutting weight, the NCAA had this strict policy for determining how much weight a wrestler could lose. We had to pee in a cup to prove we were hydrated, then they pinched us with calipers at about 8 different parts of the body, and then they had has sit in a small tub and do the water displacement thing. At the end of it all, they shot an electric current through our feet. Somehow they got a number out of all of that, and that number told us our Body comp and how much weight we could lose.

            For now, there’s this machine at a local supermarket that I place my hands against and it prints out a number. It’s not the best process, but it’s all I’ve had to go on for the past few years.

            I do think it’s a bit difficult for old men to attempt to get into their college wrestling shape. I’d need to weigh about 150 at 8 percent body-fat. Not happening. Although I actually am a bit stronger now than I was then (but in much, much worse cardiovascular shape…)

          • Yeah, see, I just don’t know! Did my skeleton grow or am I just lying to myself because I don’t want to admit I am fat? at 170 I looked good though. I never look that great though, not like a body builder. I probably looked like Kelvin Gastelum in my best shape and they are telling him to cut to 170.

          • I am like a mes-endomorph. Cain Valasquez. is that body type. I am actually built like a lot of Mexicans. Stocky but with good cardio.

          • So what was your style in wrestling? My strategy wasn’t really a strategy, I just wasn’t as explosive as a lot of guys, so I would get taken down a lot in the first period. But I was pretty good at escaping and getting reversals. SO I would get behind on points and then come back in the third period when the other guy was tired. I ran cross country so I had good cardio. I lot of these explosive guys would gas out. Sometimes, I won some times I lost. Often I would lose with my oponent on his back with me getting back points but still behind on points, very occasionally I would get the pin. Sometimes I got pinned. The most humiliating thing was getting technical falled by take down artists.

            Right when I started getting a lot better, after my sophomore year, I got married and dropped out of school.

          • mannyfurious | Apr 30, 2013 at 4:17 pm |

            Haha, I was pretty much the exact opposite, right down to being a sprinter in high school. I was really good on my feet, pretty quick and explosive, and stronger than most of my opponents. But I was also lazy and had no gas tank. Guys like you used to piss me off. I’d accumulate a bunch of takedown points, get tired and then get worked. My mat game sucked, but that’s because I was actually entertaining thoughts of an MMA career (this was before it really took off and you had hundreds of thousands of guys working out in gyms), and Tito Ortiz ruled at the time, so I figured I’d copy his style. I’d takedown people and not get submitted. I started learning jiu-jitsu when I was 15 and in my mind I was like, “In a real fight, I’d just need my takedowns and my jiu-jitsu.” And also because I was lazy I never developed a good mat game.

            I never got pinned in college, though, and I only got tech-falled once by some multiple all-american. I was pretty competitive even in losing, even though I lost more than I won. I only wrestled one season, because I was dealing with a lot of depression. And by the time I snapped out of it, I had transferred schools, gained 25 lbs and was in no shape at all.

          • That’s cool man, thanks for sharing. I have been drifting around the country for the last five years or so. Now I am trying to get settled down for a while. I have a day job and am looking for an apartment. I am thinking of taking jujitsu. I think I would like it.

            The thing I like about jujitsu is seeing people get taken down and getting their ass kicked and then suddenly throw a submission and turn the fight around.

            Never could sprint to well. Ran like a 5.3 40. But not really built for running long distance either. I weighed like 190 in the army and was one of the fastest people in my company, I thought I could join cross country and clean up, then I realized all the people in the army weren’t running because they loved it but were doing it because they had too! Plus most of them weren’t racing, just trying to get through it!

          • mannyfurious | May 1, 2013 at 11:04 am |

            Your wrestling background will suit you well in jiu-jitsu. Experienced grapplers have a tendency to pick it up pretty quickly. If you have the time and money, it would probably be worth checking out.

          • Matt Staggs | May 1, 2013 at 11:21 am |

            I’ve been training in BJJ for going on five months now, and experienced grapplers will definitely have an advantage going in. So will generally athletic guys. Non-athletes, especially small guys like myself, will have a long row to hoe. BJJ has a very high learning curve. Lots of white belts end up bailing rather than coming in and taking their knocks (or maybe I should say chokes and arm bars) every class. It can be tough for the ego unless you keep a positive attitude. Most people say none of it will make sense until you’ve been in it for about a year. I can believe it. It’s much more about technique and remaining calm than powering through your opponent. Progress through the ranks is incredibly slow compared to other martial arts, and BJJ classes are normally pretty expensive.

          • mannyfurious | May 1, 2013 at 11:54 am |

            Yeah, I’ll hit an open mat every now and then, but there’s no way I’m paying triple figures every month just to learn a skill I’ll probably never use ever again. When I started learning jiu-jitsu, I paid a guy something like $30/month for private lessons. Now that will get you MAYBE two classes with 30 or more students. It was a different time then.

            Also, I think with any real combat sport (wrestling, boxing, jiu-jitsu, muay thai), from my experience and observations, that one must be willing to get their asses whooped for a year or two before they actually start showing any adeptness. Like you said, it’s hard on the ego, but it’s ultimately worth it. One day soon you’ll be the vet tapping out the pups. It will be glorious….

          • I think a lot of things that are hard on the ego are worth it…

          • Matt Staggs | May 1, 2013 at 11:55 am |

            Too late now! I just went from 193 to 165 lbs. I’ve got a few guys in my corner who are fitness experts, though. I’m starting some strength-building stuff. Fingers crossed.

  3. What this guy thinks is exactly what most CEOs think. I suppose there must be an exception or two. The Costco guy comes to mind. Anyway, it is their mission to make whatever company they happen to be running profitable. That is their main goal and it supersedes every other concern. It’s what they do. This is ow our “free market” system works.
    Kinda scary and disgusting when it is presented in such a naked light as this piece did.
    Yes, these bastards would happily deprive entire populations of water if they could not pay. If they could get away with charging for air, you know they would. Not would they do it, they let millions die if they could not pay.

    • Anarchy Pony | Apr 28, 2013 at 2:23 pm |

      The system selects for such psychos, as CEOs with a conscience, that try to be socially or environmentally responsible get removed from their positions to be replaced by those that put profits first.

      • Charlie Primero | Apr 28, 2013 at 3:45 pm |

        The problem is not profits. The problem is using violence to generate them.

        • Jin The Ninja | Apr 29, 2013 at 11:07 am |

          profits require violence to generate and assets require violence to protect.

        • mannyfurious | Apr 29, 2013 at 11:41 am |

          Well, I would even argue profits aren’t the problem. The problem is “growth.” A company can make hundreds of millions in profits, but if those profits show stagnation or even slight regression, the company is at a real risk of shutting down. It absolutely boggles the mind.

    • OK…Costco makes a profit but mostly I think they provide value for money. Unlike Nestles who think privatizing water, this is another matter. Water is the absolute live blood to everyone and everything…but Nestles and other companies are winning it seems. A few small countries, Bolivia and Uruguay have made this impossible by constitutional amendments making it illegal to have private water systems.

      • I referred to the Costco guy as an exception to the usual CEO MO. He is apparently not evil, and treats his employees like human beings.
        Good for Bolivia and Uruguay. I think Bolivia had some kind of uprising when they tried that shit there.

    • Reuben_the_Red | Apr 29, 2013 at 9:54 am |

      What this guy thinks is exactly what most civilized Westerners think, and anyone else taught to think of the world and the planet and all ecosystems and components therein as “ours,” as in “our environment,” as in it must belong to humans, right? In a word, it’s anthropocentric thinking. And if Humans are more important than anything else around then maybe some humans are more important than other humans? Maybe some humans can afford to purchase water and some can’t? This is the direction we’ve been headed ever since the Agricultural Revolution was launched. As the saying goes, if we don’t change our course, we might end up where we’re headed.

      Today we live on a planet with more than 7 billion humans, because we keep subverting the surface of the planet for purposes of human food and human livestock feed production. Out of those more than 7 billion humans, at least one or two billion already can’t get clean drinking water. That means their next drink of water could be the one containing the pathogen that kills them. It should not be so dangerous to have a drink of water. These dangers are pretty much products of modern civilization: energy pollution, manufacturing pollution, chemical products, extraction of toxic substances, and overcrowding of overpopulated residential areas.

      So they’re going to lock up the water and sell it back to us. Okay. Is there anything that that can’t be turned into a commodity, lock up, and sell back to the wage-slaves, to keep them toiling?

      “Let me say this before rain becomes a utility that they can plan and distribute for money. By ‘they’ I mean the people who cannot understand that rain is a festival. …The time will come when they will sell you even your rain.” -Thomas Merton.

      • Calypso_1 | Apr 29, 2013 at 10:46 am |

        “It should not be so dangerous to have a drink of water. These dangers are pretty much products of modern civilization”:

        The #1 contaminant in drinking water is human fecal material – Not a modern problem, not from a factory or corporation.

        The second biggest contaminants are naturally occurring fluoride & arsenic in well water.

  4. 100PercentChanceOfAFauxPas | Apr 28, 2013 at 12:42 pm |

    Another psychopath.

  5. Hadrian999 | Apr 28, 2013 at 1:16 pm |

    In reality you have a right to anything you can take and keep others from taking away from you. everything else is a privilege used to control you.

    • Anarchy Pony | Apr 28, 2013 at 2:43 pm |

      We get it, you’re really jaded.

    • That says quite a bit about you. 😉

      • Hadrian999 | Apr 28, 2013 at 6:20 pm |

        it’s how the world works. you can own property, free and clear, no note on it and it can be taken from you by a developer if he convinces the local government that it will pay more taxes if re-developed. The citizens of Boston were recently given a demonstration of their rights by the police. remember “Occupy” and what happened when the city government had had enough. Any “Right” you don’t take and keep for yourself is an illusion.

        • Calypso_1 | Apr 29, 2013 at 12:24 am |

          In fact when you get to the basis of many of the concepts behind property law, the reason that someone can take it from you for ‘development’, is because by claiming such a right you are also required to defend that right to maintain it. Your ownership never provides you true ‘free & clear’ rights. You must defend against trespass in all its forms or you begin to forfeit your own access.
          Equitable interests & estate title are always in competition and drive value.

  6. WTFMFWOMG | Apr 28, 2013 at 1:21 pm |

    The world is run by psychopaths, the real “one percent” of the population. The smart ones gravitate towards positions of political and corporate power. A psychopath has a defect in his brain, a mis-wiring that means he or she has no empathy for his fellow human. It is hard for those of us who have empathy to believe that one out of every hundred of us has this incurable condition, while it is also hard for the psychopath to believe that this empathy he might observe in others is even real, for he has no other frame of reference. The vast majority of us need to realize that when a person says, “vote for me, I will lead you,” we must seriously question that person’s motivations. Look up the works of Hervey Cleckey, Robert Hare, and Paul Babiak. They have done extensive research on this. It has only recently been recognized, within the last century, in Cleckey’s work, “The Mask of Sanity,” published in 1941.

    • Calypso_1 | Apr 28, 2013 at 3:37 pm |

      The world is run by those that can get others to operate within the myths they generate.

      • Brilliant. No offense, but is that yours, or is it a quote?

        • Calypso_1 | Apr 28, 2013 at 6:45 pm |

          As far as I know the precise words are my own. The generative impulse would certainly be from incorporation of myriad thoughts external to my individual process.

      • WTFMFWOMG | Apr 29, 2013 at 1:34 pm |

        The myths are generated by psychopaths, who lie without batting an eye, as easily as a “normal” person can tell the truth. One of the hallmarks of the psychopath is being able to fool polygraphs. There is no physical or emotional change when he tells a lie. The problem is the majority cannot believe this, instead believing his false sincerity.

        • Calypso_1 | Apr 29, 2013 at 6:29 pm |

          Yes, yes. It is also difficult for many to believe, but through unholy acts with demons they spread their seed & switch wee bairns in the shadows of darkest night.

    • charlotte | Apr 29, 2013 at 11:19 pm |

      “A psychopath has a defect in his brain, a mis-wiring that means he or she has no empathy for his fellow human.”

      Mis-wiring or evolution? Vampires…they’re real and they’ve been running human societies for much longer than the modern era…

      • WTFMFWOMG | May 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm |

        Yes, it is evolutionary. The tribes that hoarded as much food as possible survived the winter while others perished. Those who could kill without remorse survived while their victims died. Mankind has the capability of going above the “survival of the fittest” game, with the ability of forming societies based on mutual cooperation and benefit, but we always end up looking to “leaders” to guide us.

  7. Charlie Primero | Apr 28, 2013 at 3:42 pm |

    Notice the Orwellian reversal where “privatizing” water means having National Socialist governments seize the water from private individuals and give it to the collectives made corporal by State decree; corporations.
    Privatization indeed.

    • You forgot the massive investment in public water infrastructures using taxpayer dollars turned over to private investors by politicians at fire-sale prices to provide government with short-term revenues which will run out (hopefully) by the time those politicians retire – into lobbying jobs for those … same private investors.

    • Jin The Ninja | Apr 29, 2013 at 11:25 am |

      instead of red-baiting- attempt an analysis of this through a libertarian market lens. aren’t libertarians supposedly against corporate cronyism?

      EVERY example of 3rd world water scarcity can be linked to post-colonial gov’ts (or us-backed dicatorships) so debt ridden, the IMF and world bank ride in on their neo-liberal horse of the apocalypse and privatise everything for interest forgiveness.

      when billion dollar corporate interests converge on small former-colonial markets in the name of profit, it is interesting what happens.

      what is the libertarian response to this? glee?

      • Charlie Primero | Apr 29, 2013 at 2:54 pm |

        You seem to be unaware that Scientific Socialism was designed by the Elites for the purpose of transferring wealth from poor people to rich people. Communism/IMF/Globalism is merely the latest iteration of the 3,000 year-old Human Farming endeavor. Study the philosophical and historical development of this program.
        If you really care, I beg you to spend some time reading the history laid out in the notes below this episode of History So It Doesn’t Repeat:

  8. Calling someone a psychopath is an easy way to dismiss someone and their point of view without countering the argument or creating an analysis of your own. It’s too simple a route. I give the man credit for being honest, and agree that nature is not innately good. While I disagree with everything else, I think disagree more with the sentiment that “someone needs to curbstomp this little bitch.”

    • what planet you live on, budd?

      • The same planet all of us do, Sammy. Why don’t you break it down for us simpletons..

    • mannyfurious | Apr 29, 2013 at 11:45 am |

      You’re right, to some extent. But sometimes a psychopath is simply a psychopath expressing a psychotic ideal, and therefore what is being said should simply be dismissed.

  9. I guess the bastard does not have a twiter account huh, well then I’ll say it here
    ”mr Letmathe, go fuck yourself and all your nestle crap products” I’ll make my own ice tea from now on.

  10. Calypso_1 | Apr 28, 2013 at 5:02 pm |

    Oh so many knee jerk reactions.

    The man laid out several positions. Within his own there is also this: “one should take specific measures for the part of the population that has no access to this water, and there are many different possibilities there.” & “that not all water use should be regarded as equal.”

    No advocacy was given for intentional deprivation of a limited resource but instead a recognition of the fact that methodologies must be developed and used to distribute the resource according to the value of its actual use.
    Whether or not you agree with the underlying models or efficiency of corporate/private management of the resource the call for violence against rational actors & demonization of individuals is completely counterproductive to producing any alternative perspective. This is the very impulse that leads to the culling of persons deemed unacceptable to receive basic needs in times of scarcity.

    • Anarchy Pony | Apr 28, 2013 at 5:37 pm |

      Sure, but that’s BORING!

      • Calypso_1 | Apr 28, 2013 at 5:41 pm |

        You do realize that being prone to boredom may be a symptom of psychopathy.

        • Anarchy Pony | Apr 28, 2013 at 6:14 pm |

          It may also be a symptom of being a person. Or a dog. Or a Cat, it may in fact be a symptom of having a brain, or a collection of interconnected nerve tissue that approximates a brain.

          • “’I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. You live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. And even the inside of your own mind is endless. It goes on forever inwardly. Do you understand? Being the Fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to be bored.”

          • Anarchy Pony | Apr 28, 2013 at 7:48 pm |

            I think it’s fair to say I’ve seen a good 3 to 4% of the world thank you very much.

  11. Fnord!

  12. does everyone here prefer tap water?

  13. sveltesvengali | Apr 28, 2013 at 9:25 pm |

    Strange that this is trending some eight years later. Kinda’ like KONY 2012.

  14. There are places where it is even illegal to collect rain water from one’s own rooftop.

    • Calypso_1 | Apr 29, 2013 at 12:06 am |

      Those are indeed interesting cases & at face value absurd. From what I’ve seen of them, they get deeply into accrued easements, prior appropriations, flow through rights, air rights, etc. It’s a pretty fascinating way to tour the whole concept of property use/land rights in general.

    • Anarchy Pony | Apr 29, 2013 at 12:08 am |

      See Also, bechtel, Cochabamba.

      On a depressing note, the spell check recognizes bechtel as a proper noun that should be capitalized. I did not out of protest.

      • Jin The Ninja | Apr 29, 2013 at 11:29 am |

        i am also anti-capital >,<

        • I define capital as means of production. How are you using the term?

          • Well, that’s very complex. I apparently don’t have the understanding necessary to be a socialist, anarchist, capitalist, or libertarian.

          • Jin The Ninja | May 1, 2013 at 12:04 pm |

            i would disagree with that.

          • Calypso_1 | May 1, 2013 at 12:11 pm |

            I feel where he is coming from. Fundamentally I never step far away from simply being in rebellion.

          • Jin The Ninja | May 1, 2013 at 2:26 pm |

            rebellion is good. i just meant andrew is clever enough to be whatever he defines himself as.

          • Calypso_1 | May 1, 2013 at 3:03 pm |

            Andrew is also clever enough to be more than what he defines himself as.

            as are quite a few folks around here – and that’s why I like it : )

          • Jin The Ninja | May 1, 2013 at 4:25 pm |

            exactly true.

          • Can one truly reach an end to intellectual, psychological, and spiritual struggle? Besides death, I mean.

          • Calypso_1 | Apr 29, 2013 at 10:17 pm |

            How does this relate to your own habitus of enhanced elocution & ‘swag for miles’.
            ; )

          • Jin The Ninja | May 1, 2013 at 2:33 pm |

            we live in a hierarchical, capitalist, world on the brink. i am part of that world, whether i agree with it or not (i choose strongly not)- my self, my interests have problematic elements, multifaceted dimensions, and in that i try to enjoy things that don’t arise from conflict or oppression.

          • Calypso_1 | May 1, 2013 at 2:58 pm |

            I understand that – serious question though, because I had not considered it in terms of defining myself. The link you gave mentioned social & cultural capital in terms of education and knowledge. Of course this is hierarchical and I use this to trade into a position of greater means & dominance over others under the premise that the increased knowledge I have in fact gives me abilities to inact processes that others do not have the means to understand. These abilities are taken with a perspective of benevolence & working for a greater good and within relationships that to the greatest degree possible are freely entered into.

            You too are educated & take it upon yourself to inform others of perspectives you feel are superior & hold a greater degree of universal truth – thus there is the taking of a dominant intellectual position.

            I am wondering how you view these things in terms of social value/capital etc. I see that fundamentally the endeavor is not to oppress but to liberate, but it still upholds a hierarchy of intellect in which not all have the capacity to participate.
            Personally, I do not feel ill disposed to such a structuring of society but it certainly can come across poorly to others.

          • Jin The Ninja | Apr 29, 2013 at 8:14 pm |

            from, “the forms of capital” (1986), Bourdieu


            i apologise in advance if this is a double post, but disqus is not letting me link.

  15. This guy sounds like an asshole, but why bring Pan in to it?

  16. Chaos_Dynamics | Apr 29, 2013 at 1:47 pm |

    Black Planet Award

    During his tenure as Nestle CEO Peter
    Brabeck-Letmathe garnered a “Black Planet Award” in 2007, along with
    Liliane Bettencourt, from the Foundation for Ethics and Economics in

    It is bestowed on individuals dedicated to the
    destruction of the planet, whereas Brabeck and Bettencourt through
    Nestle were accused of proliferating contaminated baby food,
    monopolising water resources, and tolerating child labor.

  17. Tank Girl! Sic ’em!!

    • Hadrian999 | Apr 30, 2013 at 3:23 pm |

      I loved that movie, that’s why I started reading Kerouac

      • I’m probably dating myself here, but I remember the Love and Rockets comic strips…Tank Girl was my favorite. The movie was so so…but in water politics I get edgy when I realize that we’re inevitably drifting in the direction of dystopian sci-fi becoming a new reality.

  18. His rationalization is unbelievable. Replace the word “water” with “life”. You might as well. Replace some context e.g. “foodstuffs” with “human lives”. You realize quickly how a psychopath regards profit and privatization over human lives. In essence, you get a good picture of how war is rationalized. Their fucked up philosophy is more base than the food chain. The food chain is not by design irrationally corrupt. A lion does not need to kill ants or its own cubs to survive. This man proposes that the lion pride privatize the water supply, kill all giraffes, water buffalo, hippos, crocodiles, etc., but keep the gazelles cause you know…ya gotta eat! Cut down most trees too because giraffes are herbivores and they drink our water. And water, well, it’s a VALUABLE COMMODITY. CAN’T BE TOO CAREFUL!

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