|>> || Of course they do. Look at the energy outages Enron caused a while ago to make a few more bucks from the artificial scarcity. They killed people for money because they were sufficiently isolated from the repercussions for doing so. Or private prisons, who bribe judges to convict more people for them to house and for which they get paid by the government. Or the entirety of the military-industrial complex. Or a million other examples. It's all down to profit motive, as it effectively rewards sociopathic behavior, and structures put in place to curb that behavior, if they can be said to have ever worked at all, are themselves sabotaged for that reason. |
In the case of the immense therapeutic potential of now-banned drugs, this profit motive is even more obvious. Let's look at the new hope for depression, ketamine. The newly-released S-ketamine for depression, Spravato, costs $550 or $885 per application, every 3 days, so a month's supply would cost $5500 or $8850, for 0.56 g to 0.84 g, which runs up to about $9.8k per gram of (S)-ketamine. Meanwhile, the same amount of the same thing can be bought at some pet shops for $6. Is there any doubt that the psychopaths who run the world will pass up on that? Look at that Shkreli fuck, he gloated about extorting people for life-saving, dead-cheap medicine, and I can't help but feel that the only reason he was arrested was because he did it in full view of the hoi polloi.
Do you remember being in a history class, or reading some Wikipedia article, about how the dirtfarmers in some forgotten empire would be worked to death by, and conscripted into fighting for, elite classes who lived in unimaginable luxury? And how these miserable peasants could have just bum-rushed their oppressors at any time because they outnumbered them 10 to 1, but they never did because their worshipped, sometimes literally so, their own headsmen? That's us. The religious veneer has been peeled off, but the worship remains, secularized, as we deem them risk-takers and enterpreneurs and reward them for fleecing us. The future will look at us no different than we look at the helots of Ancient Sparta.
The world in which we live is a third world shithole version of what it could be.