process of introducing a new product or production method into commerce

Commercialization is the process of managing or running something principally for financial gain.

Each year, and for many years, huge areas of ancient primal forest are cleared of life-giving trees for purely commercial benefits. ~Benjamin Creme
Does the rampant commercialization of all aspects of American society... matter for... the fulfillment of our telos [ultimate object or aim]? I believe it does. ~Jeffrey Sachs
How long till commercialization squeezes the life-blood out of humanity, and itself withers and dies? ~Benjamin Creme


  • By reducing our movement for liberation to a system of commercial products and institutions—bars, publications, gyms, fashions, cruises, ... we become accomplices in an economic system that causes untold suffering for others. Not surprisingly, these others fail to see us as comrades in the struggle for justice.
    • Richard Cleaver, Know My Name: A Gay Liberation Theology (1995), p. 35
  • Commercialization, an economy based entirely on market forces and competition, has become the new world creed. It is today the greatest threat to this planet and will bring this civilization... to the very verge of destruction.
  • “The pool of knowledge accessible to all”... will be largely, but not exclusively, scientific and technological. Throughout the world, scientists and technicians... will publish their work in a way accessible to all. Gone for ever will be the scientist selling his discoveries to the highest bidder. Gone for ever will be the time when great corporations can buy up technological masterpieces and put them on a shelf so that their existing products can go on and on. We have lived through a period of a tragic waste of the world’s resources. That has to stop... All knowledge will go into the computer system. You can call it the Internet, the World Knowledge Bank, the World Wisdom Bank, where the wisdom, the accumulated thoughts and knowledge of thousands of years of inspired writings will be available. The up-to-date inventions, the scientific knowledge which will speed up the invention process, will go on to this same Bank which anyone, anywhere in the world, can access... When we share this body of knowledge, when everyone who has any use for it has access to it, the whole process of discovery, science, technology, will speed up amazingly. Because it will not be conditioned by commercialization, market forces, it cannot be cornered by those who make a particular brand of computer, where you have to buy the programme to make it work for you. It will do away with commercial competition.
    • Benjamin Creme Maitreya's Mission Vol. III, (1997), Chapter 1, p. 181-183
  • Each year, and for many years, huge areas of ancient primal forest are cleared of life-giving trees for purely commercial benefits. Commercialization indeed bodes ill for humanity as it tightens its grip on the throats of men. Commercialization... is more dangerous to men than the atomic bomb, and is showing its destructive power in the economic chaos which rules in the world today. How long will it take governments and their peoples to see this? How long till commercialization squeezes the life-blood out of humanity, and itself withers and dies? More and more, the truth of these words is borne in on the minds of millions who now, suddenly, are jobless and homeless and in despair.... Commercialization has bared its claws and shown its power to harm. The complacency of millions is turning into hatred and distrust of commercialization and the old order of things.
    • Benjamin Creme in The curse of commercialization, Share International, (17 April 2009)
  • The problem is the commercialization of all aspects of life. We say it in two words — market forces. Market forces are the excuse for everything that we do. Maitreya says commercialization is more dangerous to the world than an atomic bomb.
  • Much of what ails our media system stems from its extreme commercialism. The always-controversial Trump was irresistible for ratings-driven news outlets, and their endless profit-seeking helped legitimize a dangerous politics... Media are beholden to their owners and to the advertisers who pay them.
  • During the past decade there has been a rapid increase in the number of private providers of education in many developing countries, with many schools and educational establishments not being registered and being funded and managed by individual proprietors or enterprises... As a result, education is being commercialized and for-profit education is flourishing as an attractive business, with scant control by pubic authorities.
  • Tolkien has become a monster, devoured by his own popularity and absorbed into the absurdity of our time. The chasm between the beauty and seriousness of the work, and what it has become, has overwhelmed me. The commercialization has reduced the aesthetic and philosophical impact of the creation to nothing. There is only one solution for me: to turn my head away. They eviscerated the book by making it an action movie for young people aged 15 to 25.
  • It is small wonder that man's institutions, political and economic, reflect, in their turn, this growing alienation of men from the wellsprings of their lives. Commercialization, that burgeoning but stealthy and often hidden menace, controls now the lives and destiny of countless millions, and reduces to a cypher the God-given individuality of man. People are now statistics without purpose or needs, pawns on the chess-board of market forces and company profits.

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