ObsoleteBarbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

Remember when things lasted a long time? I recall going with my dad to the hardware store, and being able to find just about everything needed to fix anything on the ranch. Need a gasket? Just get the gasket material and cut your own. Got a gadget that won’t work? Just get the part that’s broken, replace that one part, and the gadget works again. Not so, today. Today, we buy something, and if it doesn’t work, we simply throw it away and get a new one, because that is the way things are made.  They are not made to last. They are made to break and the sooner the better.


This is planned obsolescence, and it has been eroding our society ever since it was set in motion along with mass marketing and fast-tracked, courtesy of Edward Bernays, who set up the first “public relations” department for the express purpose of using propaganda as a tool to manipulate the public for profit. We are now strangling in its grip, oblivious to the reality behind the slogans and hype, and successfully programmed to think this is normal, standing proud in our ignorance.


GreedWith a need for instant gratification firmly entrenched in our nation’s psyche by an army of professional con artists out to make a buck, the concept of a throwaway society reared its ugly head to the delight of those behind the scenes, greedily rubbing their hands together in anticipation of the windfall they were about to receive – profit without end. And this is the society in which we now live. A society based on instant gratification and planned obsolescence.

I noticed that this nation’s “fix it yourself” mentality started changing years ago. Parts that were once easily obtainable became “no longer available.” Want a part to fix your whatchamacallit? Nope, can’t have it – gotta get a new one. The parts aren’t available anymore, and good luck getting your whatchamacallit open to replace anything in it. If it breaks, don’t fix it, throw it away and buy a new one.

FashionCars that were once made to be worked on by home mechanics now take a computer specialist to diagnose. Who cares? After all, if consumers buy a new car every couple of years or so, who needs them to last? Can’t wear the same dress to the party, gotta have a new one, along with shoes to match. Last year’s style simply will not do.

Yes, the corporations have programmed us well. We are a nation of wasteful consumers, keeping the gluttonous purveyors of gadgets, doohickeys and flash in champagne and caviar. Thank you, Edward Bernays, for your ever so helpful insight into enabling corporations to program the masses for wasteful spending in order to line the pockets of greedy, blood sucking leaches whose only purpose is to use us up and spit us out. You see, planned obsolescence does not merely apply to things. It also applies to people.

We are living in a world where very powerful people behind the scenes hold license to decide who is to live and who is to die. They get to pick and choose who the throwaway people are. The expendables. The ones who hold no worth in their eyes. Through some sort of arbitrary judgment – one lives, one dies, and the rules always change.

ChessThe rules change because the object has no say and no value – functioning merely as a piece on the grand chessboard. And if you happen to be the flavor of the month, you get to live. But only for a time, and only if you are nice. Really, really, nice and obey your masters. But it won’t be forever. Forever is much too good for the pawns. Pawns are meant to be sacrificed, just as we are being sacrificed on the altar of big business and decaying from whatever poisons the propaganda machine put forth by Bernays directs us to take.

We’re poked and prodded, drugged into submission, shot full of poisons, and fed toxic waste. We are, each and every one of us, a statistic in a planned obsolescence program. And while we are breaking down from stress, toxins, chemicals, GMOs, vaccines, and medical quackery, to name a few, we are generating a whole lotta cash for a whole lotta people, as well as providing valuable data while we serve as guinea pigs for experimental research in genetic modification.

But what the hey? After all is said and done, the puppet masters will survive! And they will garner more and more cash and power to play at immortality. The goal? Remaking the world and its inhabitants from the molecule up. We the people are living under planned obsolescence. And we don’t even know it because we are being systematically fed comfortable lies by a propaganda machine in the guise of public relations for the express purpose of profit, power and total control.

But it’s okay, our replacements are right around the corner. After all, the bodies we have can’t last forever. Let’s throw them away and get new ones. What say we make them bigger, better, smarter and more controllable than the obsolete model. The human model.

RobocopWhy not build super soldiers that we can just replace when we feel like it? Expendable. Throwaways. Or factory workers, or maybe housekeepers, maids, miners, firefighters, police, truck drivers…. The possibilities are endless. One gives you trouble, just throw it away and get a new one. And when the time comes to shed this mortal shell, just hop right on into the artificial body of your dreams, courtesy of a brain transplant, or maybe your brain on a chip, implanted in that disposable body.

Natural humans would become as obsolete as last year’s iPod.


QuestionA powerful dream, eh? Complete control over life and death. Intoxicating. And also dangerous. Very dangerous. Not to mention foolish, disastrous, maniacal, insane, against nature and all that is right and natural and good. Man replacing man and nature. The same species that thinks nuclear power plants on fault lines are an okay idea. Go figure. But seriously, what could possibly go wrong?

©2013 Barbara H. Peterson

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18 Responses to “The Planned Obsolescence of Humanity”

  1. I assume you mean “hat,” Tanya – LOL!!! ;)

  2. Chad E. says:

    This article nails the “root cause” of most of the issues being faced, (or denied depending one’s perspective). I will share it with many.

  3. Tanya says:

    Love your hate Barb. I wear one like it and I have another one I wear it has the brim ths is the same all the way around and the top is somewhat rounded like what Clint Eastwood wore. I can’t wear a cowboy hat, because it is hard and I always hit the sides and knock it off.

  4. Tanya says:

    They are still spraying that poison in the gulf. The watermen down there are saying the seafood isn’t safe for consumption. They aren’t eating it and they need to sell it. The FDA and states are saying it is safe. You see those commercials on tv. Sure come on down the waters are pristine and all the seafood is good. Forget the fact they sprayed 5 million gallons of the most toxic substance they know of. If you eat a fish that has 6 eyes or a fish with one eye just eat it and shut up. We need tourism and we need it no matter what. Get your arses down here and while on the beach you might want to shower every 30 minutes. IF you see sores and lesions showing up leave the beach and forget your were ever here.

  5. Dave says:

    Everyone knows we are going to go to war with the government. Nobody wants to say it and they know if they did the hear would be on them. I think many are just pretending that if they inform enough people that the politicians will actually do something. Like follow the law.
    The government has lied to us so many times. Each time we would inform them we knew what they had done and then they would do it again 10 years later.
    They’re already guilty of treason for lying about the wars and granting mexicans amnesty. They are guilty for murder in Waco, Oklahoma City and on 9/11. IT’s believed the government is involved in the school shootings.
    IF this stuff is true, then it’s going to get real ugly before long. This started out bad and will end badly.

  6. Barb says:

    I suggest you support the natural law resource based economy such as the Zeitgeist Movement and the Venus Project proposes.

    IT is based on sustainable living with no money use in it at all. things are made to last a very long time to save resources as well as use technology and science to enhance our lives.

    Anyhow the jobs are not coming back due to technological unemployment so we have to end the money system anyhow.

    Movies in Netflix and youtube.



  7. tanya says:

    There is more moeny to be made makign things cheaper. A phone used to last 40 years. Cell phones last a year. I buy only old cars and technology. I quit buying their junk.

  8. elslappo says:

    absolutely excellent article….

  9. deb liguori says:

    There has always been and always will be great evil in our world. But with the advances in science and technology it has grown at an alarming rate. Your article is spot on and it scares the heck out of me thinking what the future generations will have to face. I believe in God and that he has the final say and will be triumphant but I also know we all have to take a stand against all the evil. Thanks to all the mindless ones and the inactive ones it is going to be harder and harder. Talk with your friends and family and tune out the national media, get back to basics and decency and get prepared. God Bless our Country and our People. God Bless all in the world who seek the truth and esteem holy principals.

  10. Your logic escapes me, adam, but to each his own.

  11. adam says:

    How about this: there has been a decrease in the quality of products only because those products are a lot cheaper than they were. It is a simple cost-nenefit analysis. Would you pay more for a product that would last longer or a cheaper prodcut?
    Just saying.

  12. tom says:

    They only want a total of 500,000,000 to do the grunt work for them. You know what happens to the surplus people.

  13. Mark Curtis says:

    We have evolved exponentially in a technological sense but in a spiritual sense we stopped developing 800 years ago.
    Until we take the new spiritual evolutionary step we will be using technology in the wrong ways.
    The spiritual evolution required involves sitting together and enjoying the world. Not changing it.
    This GF2045 is a technocratic fascist nightmare were the simplest individual desires are destroyed.
    Greed is the problem in this world and it does not take nano technology to eradicate it.
    It takes true democracy maintained by an enlightened human race.

    This futurist ideal of society is a reaction to current exploitations of human beings, not a natural course of action.

    Once again. More band-Aids. But no real discussion into cause.

  14. Chris Colegrove says:

    Those things may come to pass but as Martin Luther once said (paraphrased)”If the saviour is returning tomorrow,still I will
    plant my trees today”

  15. irene says:

    So, nano tech viral neo humanist machines might be a very targeted and effective way to get rid of bad thought processes and people who have them. Like the lymes tick that is so small it can infect anyone unnoticed, so too a nanogerm might induce mass hypnosis that turning off the TV doesn’t prevent.

  16. Karin says:

    SOOO Glad to see you doing a column on this.

    We older folks remember when things lasted much longer. This was a “marketing” scam basically to generate more and more money.Our parents were the first victims if memory serves.

    Great job and I’m going to pass it around quickly. We have to wake up these unaware people Barb, darn it ! :)

    Do you know about CAFR or AFR ? I’m sure you probably do.

    This is a request this blogger did for a UK reader, but there are other instructions of finding them in US. All countries have these as is explained in comments sections. Walter Burien (sp) gives all the history there. I’m trying via twitter to get the poor Greek, Spanish, Portugese people in EU to find them there.


    Look at this one from 1863 Great Britain in the NYTimes !

    The hiding of these funds started in 1943 and there are literally Trillions in them just waiting for Agenda21 or WWIII ?

    It came with incorporation of States, counties, and even cities and towns now. They all have an Annual Financial Fund and they HAVE to have it available. You just have to learn to find it.

    If only we could get a movement going to expose this graft alone it would be monumental, but seems too many people are like me and not great at math ?

    Admire your spunk as you know,

  17. frank says:

    ah, but only in a world that believes there is no GOD.

    “This is a conclave of the greatest darkness. The world will soon be overcome by events that are far beyond its resources to respond. The turmoil that will follow will be greater than the world has ever seen. This is what I mean by “the hour”. It is the hour, the hour of the great clash between the two kingdoms, the hour when what lies hidden becomes clear to all. The hour is not just a short time but an extended period of great warfare.”