: Who for? For capital, for profit itself, those purposes are the means of profit, and profit is the end. The market is beyond human control, and now is an end in itself. Hence production is geared towards profits, that will and can never be spent, rather than needs.
I just spent some profits the other day. Hired someone and bought a computer. I need profits if i don't I go out of business. I'd say that is a legitimate need.
Also profits are symptom of a successful business. If you have no profits your business is not efficient. for example gov't. Can you name one efficient gov't run business?