Jeremy Rifkin Quotes

Who the Hell is Jeremy Rifkin?

Jeremy Rifkin is an American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist.

Rifkin wrote the books 'The Green New Deal', 'The Zero Marginal Cost Society', 'The Third Industrial Revolution', 'The End of Work' and 'Entropy' among others.

Born January 26, 1945

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Best 37 Quotes by Jeremy Rifkin

“Basic income is not a utopia, it's a practical business plan for the next step of the human journey.”

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“Many of the genetically modified foods will be safe, I'm sure. Will most of them be safe? Nobody knows.”

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“The greenhouse crisis is the bill coming due for the Industrial Revolution. It's not an accident. It's the logical outcome of our world view - the idea that we can control the forces of nature, that we can have short-term expedient gains without paying for them, that there are no limits to exploitation of the environment, that we can produce and consume faster than nature's ability to replenish.”

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“The world's environment can no longer handle beef.”

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“To bring our human population in line with the biocapacity of the planet and transform our society from scarcity to sustainable abundance, we will need to address the great disparity in ecological footprint between the rich and poor, while simultaneously lowering the overall human population on Earth.”

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“We are entering a new phase in human history - one in which fewer and fewer workers will be needed to produce the goods and services for the global population.”

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“We are learning that the earth functions like an invisible organism. We are the various cells of one living being. Those who work to save the earth are its antibodies.”

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“We now have an opportunity, though, to do something we didn't do in the industrial age, and that is to get a leg up on this, to bring the public in quickly, to have an informed debate.”

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“We're finally going to get the bill for the Industrial Age. If the projections are right, it's going to be a big one: the ecological collapse of the planet.”

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"Entropy" Quotes

“Time goes forward because energy itself is always moving from an available to an unavailable state. Our consciousness is continually recording the entropy change in the world around us. We watch our friends get old and die. We sit next to a fire and watch it's red-hot embers turn slowly into cold white ashes. We experience the world always changing around us, and that experience is the unfolding of the second law. It is the irreversible process of dissipation of energy in the world.
What does it mean to say, 'The world is running out of time'? Simply this: we experience the passage of time by the succession of one event after another. And every time an event occurs anywhere in this world energy is expended and the overall entropy is increased. To say the world is running out of time then, to say the world is running out of usable energy.”

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Entropy

"The Empathic Civilization" Quotes

“The Empathic Civilization is emerging. A younger generation is fast extending its empathic embrace beyond religious affiliations and national identification to include the whole of humanity and the vast project of life that envelops the Earth.”

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The Empathic Civilization

“The most important question facing humanity is this: Can we reach global empathy in time to avoid the collapse of civilization and save the Earth?”

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The Empathic Civilization

“The revolution here is from hierarchical to lateral power. That's the power shift. So increasingly a younger generation that's grown up on the internet and now increasingly distributing renewable energies, they're measuring politics in terms of a struggle between centralized, hierarchical, top-down and closed and proprietary, versus distributed, open, collaborative, transparent. This shift, from hierarchical to lateral power, is going to change the way we live, the way we educate our children, and the way we govern the world.”

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The Empathic Civilization

“Turning points in human consciousness occur when new energy regimes converge with new communications revolutions, creating new economic eras.”

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The Empathic Civilization

"The End of Work" Quotes

“It is not uncommon in the modern world for people to retreat into the world of books to escape from the realities of the outside world. The printed word evokes the modern notion of security, with the emphasis on detachment, privacy, autonomy, predictability, and enclosed artificiality.”

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The End of Work

“Today we are raised with the notion that to be secure is to be financially autonomous. Amassing wealth is viewed as the primary rite of passage to a secure, autonomous existence.”

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The End of Work

"The Green New Deal" Quotes

“Starvation does not occur because of a world food shortage. If everyone ate a vegetarian, or better still, a vegan diet there would be enough food for everyone. The only sane way forward is to grow food for humans rather than to feed it to farmed animals.”

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The Green New Deal

“We know now that every piece of coal, every drop of oil, and every cubic foot of natural gas that twelve generations of human beings have used to create our carbon-based industrial civilisation have had consequences that are now reshaping the dynamics of the Earth.”

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The Green New Deal

"The Hydrogen Economy" Quotes

“Many of the genetically modified foods will be safe, I'm sure. Will most of them be safe? Nobody knows.”

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The Hydrogen Economy

"The Third Industrial Revolution" Quotes

“Generations of human beings were transformed into machines in the relentless pursuit of material wealth: We lived to work.”

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The Third Industrial Revolution

“The well-being of the biosphere is measured over millennia of history and necessitates a human consciousness that can reflect and project along a similar time table.”

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The Third Industrial Revolution

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“There is a saying in the Middle East that goes something like this: “My grandfather rode a camel, my father drove a car, I travel on a jet, and my grandchild will ride a camel.” Not necessarily. The deserts of the Middle East and North Africa have more solar potential per square inch than any other region in the world—more energy potential, in fact, than all of the oil ever extracted from deep beneath its sand dunes.”

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The Third Industrial Revolution

“Three hundred trout are required to support one man for a year. The trout, in turn, must consume 90,000 frogs, which must consume 27 million grasshoppers, which live off of 1,000 tons of grass.”

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The Third Industrial Revolution

“We have come to discover what we suspect is a new political mindset emerging among a younger generation of political leaders socialized on Internet communications. Their politics are less about right versus left and more about centralized and authoritarian versus distributed and collaborative.”

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The Third Industrial Revolution

"The Zero Marginal Cost Society" Quotes

“A half century from now, our grandchildren are likely to look back at the era of mass employment in the market with the same sense of utter disbelief as we look upon slavery and serfdom in former times. The very idea that a human being’s worth was measured almost exclusively by his or her productive output of goods and services and material wealth will seem primitive, even barbaric, and be regarded as a terrible loss of human value to our progeny living in a highly automated world where much of life is lived on the Collaborative Commons.”

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The Zero Marginal Cost Society

“Being both entrepreneurial and social is no longer an oxymoron, but rather a tautology.”

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The Zero Marginal Cost Society

“Consider the fact that a journey from New York to Chicago by stagecoach would have taken three weeks or more in 1847. By 1857, that same trip by rail would have taken 72 hours.”

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The Zero Marginal Cost Society

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need but not enough for every man’s greed.”

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The Zero Marginal Cost Society

“For the materialist, advertising becomes the powerful drug that feeds the addiction. Advertising prays on one’s sense of inadequacy and loneliness. It promises that products and services will enhance a person’s personality and identity and make him or her more appealing.”

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The Zero Marginal Cost Society

“I think capitalism will not disappear, but it's going to increasingly not be the exclusive arbiter of economic life. It's going to have to find value in interacting with the sharing economy on many levels. And this hybrid system that's already emerging among millennials is going to be a mature system where, by midcentury, part of the day will be in the capitalist market, part of the day in the sharing economy, depending on your marginal costs.”

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The Zero Marginal Cost Society

“People who strongly value the pursuit of wealth and possessions report lower psychological well-being than those who are less concerned with such aims.”

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The Zero Marginal Cost Society

“Studies conducted around the world have shown a close correlation between materialist values, depression, and substance abuse.”

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The Zero Marginal Cost Society

“The capitalist era is passing... not quickly, but inevitably.”

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The Zero Marginal Cost Society

“The democratization of manufacturing means that anyone and eventually everyone can access the means of production, making the question of who should own and control the means of production irrelevant, and capitalism along with it.”

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The Zero Marginal Cost Society

“The global financial collapse exposed the longstanding myth that commercial exchange is a primary institution. There are no examples in history where people created commercial markets and exchange before creating a culture.”

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The Zero Marginal Cost Society

“Using less of the Earth’s resources more efficiently and productively in a circular economy and making the transition from carbon-based fuels to renewable energies are defining features of the emerging economic paradigm. In the new era, we each become a node in the nervous system of the biosphere.”

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The Zero Marginal Cost Society

“What if I were to say to you that 25 years from now, the bulk of the energy you use to heat your home and run your appliances, power your business, drive your vehicle, and operate every part of the global economy will likewise be nearly free? That’s already the case for several million early adopters.”

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The Zero Marginal Cost Society