28 Fascinating Jeremy Rifkin Quotes

Jeremy Rifkin is an American theorist, writer, and public speaker. With many notable ideas and main interests, Rifkin is the principal architect of the Third Industrial Revolution and the long term economic sustainability plan. Here is a look at some of the most memorable Jeremy Rifkin quotes to know.

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

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

“Can we reach biosphere consciousness and global empathy in time to avert planetary collapse?”

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

“I wanted to make sure that this be the first scientific and technology revolution in history in which the public thoroughly discussed all the potential benefits and all the potential harms, in advance of the technology coming online and running its course.”

“In this country, the health concerns and the environmental concerns are as deep as in Europe. All the surveys show that. But here, we didn’t have the cultural dimension. This is a fast-food culture.”


“It may be that everything the life science companies are telling us will turn out to be right, and there’s no problem here whatsoever. That defies logic.”

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

“So my attorneys brought litigation in the U.S. federal courts. The judge ruled in our favor.”

“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 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.”

“The hydrogen economy will make possible a vast redistribution of power, with far-reaching consequences for society.”

“The industry’s not stupid. The industry knows that if those foods are labeled”genetically engineered,” the public will shy away and won’t take them.”

“The modern age has been characterized by a Promethean spirit, a restless energy that preys on speed records and shortcuts, unmindful of the past, uncaring of the future, existing only for the moment and the quick fix.”

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

“Their politics are less about right versus left and more about centralized and authoritarian versus distributed and collaborative.”

“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.”

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

“We are already producing enough food to feed the world. We already have technology in place that allows us to produce more than we can find a market for.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“We need a change in consciousness to go with this technology platform. We need a new narrative: we need to shift from geopolitics to biosphere consciousness in one generation.”

“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.”

“We were making the first step out of the age of chemistry and physics, and into the age of biology.”

“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.”

“What I’m suggesting to you is that this could be a renaissance. We may be on the cusp of a future which could provide a tremendous leap forward for humanity.”

“When we seed millions of acres of land with these plants, what happens to foraging birds, to insects, to microbes, to the other animals, when they come in contact and digest plants that are producing materials ranging from plastics to vaccines to pharmaceutical products?”

Jeremy Rifkin discusses his latest book, ‘The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Thing’ and reviews the ‘Fall of Capitalism.’

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