I haven’t posted anything on my Tumblr for four years now because not only have I been busy and haven’t felt I’ve had a lot to say, but I’ve also become incredibly disenchanted with the whole social web thing in general – that’s a whole post or series of posts unto itself, or not if I stick to my guns and more or less continue refusing to participate in the culture of narcissism… we’ll see.
This other day however, I got one of those what’s happening on Tumblr emails and read a repost by someone I met online about five years ago when I was in a very dark place (thanks again http://jhnbrssndn.com/) and connecting it to something I read the day before by another blogger I highly admire finally broke my self imposed silence, apathy, or whatever it is.
Considering the infrequency of my social web activity, I don’t expect anyone to read this, much less care, but if nothing else the catharsis of writing is satisfying, though prepare yourselves! It’s not going to be pretty, or positive or self congratulatory.
Anyhow, read John’s repost: http://jhnbrssndn.com/post/76877491725/when-people-can-see-with-their-own-eyes-that-a or the original: http://kohenari.net/post/76876076939/deserving-talent-wealth or the original article that spawned the meta: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/02/16/business/yes-the-wealthy-can-be-deserving.html
Then read Kontra’s incisive, connecting of the obvious dots regarding the latest monopolist merger: http://counternotions.com/2014/02/17/monopolists/
And for good measure this outing of the secret Wall Street fraternity Kappa Beta Phi: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/02/i-crashed-a-wall-street-secret-society.html
This is what our collective delusion of “free market capitalism” has wrought. Certainly hard work should be rewarded, but given the entitled and corrupt behavior that the wealthy repeatedly display and are encouraged to pursue in our wealth and fame obsessed culture, I actually feel quite justified in resenting them, especially when so many of the ultra-rich openly resent the poor and ever shrinking middle class with such vehemence, paranoia and vitriol.
Sort version. Fuck the rich! They’ve got pretty much everything already, they don’t deserve our respect and adulation just for existing.