What this Millionaire Thinks of Poverty Will Make Your Blood Boil | Heroes and Villians

Abby Martin calls out TV show host Kevin O’Leary, for his callous celebration of the latest Oxfam statistics on the widening gap between the world’s rich and poor.

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  • American Cannibal

    Do we eat Kevin first?

    • Anarchy Pony

      First we hang ‘im from a lamp post, then we pitchfork out ‘is guts, then we shoot i’m, then we burn ‘im, then we eat what’s left.

      • Andrew

        Not me. I’m a vegetarian, so I won’t eat pork.

        • Jin The Ninja

          i didn’t know you were veg. is this a new development? i, too, have been edging my way to full veg, less pesca the last 6 months.

          • Andrew

            Nope, I last ate meat about 13 years ago. A slow transition is the way to go, but I’m lucky in that even when I ate meat it was never my favorite element of any meal.

      • echar

        All I care about is his money. I’ll take that, you all can munch on him all you like.

      • Oginikwe

        Ugh. Major indigestion.

    • chipper

      Eat the Rich, $hit Change.

  • Ken_A1

    It is a rationalization to say that poverty is a motivator to get poor people on the road to success. This man doesn’t HAVE to rationalize his predatory, parasitic activities, because nobody is in a position to stop him whether he makes it look good or not.

    The only explanation for why he feels the need to rationalize his attitude toward the poor (“see, it’s actually good for them!”) must be that it’s so incredibly fucked up that even he can’t ignore it.

    • mannyfurious

      Exactly. The only reason for him to have to “spin” is because on some kind of level he knows it’s fucking terrible.

      This IS great news, though. Every time one of these parasites says something like this, it exposes the lie that the richest among us are “exceptional.” O’Leary is obviously no more exceptional than your typical town drunk.

      The bad news is, there are still a lot of poor people in this country who probably won’t see this, but even if they did, they’d be like, “Durn right! Dems poor peeple jus needs to werk more hard. Now let’s watch us some footbaw!” not realizing that THEY’RE the fucking poor people.

      • kowalityjesus

        there’s something to be said for concentrated wealth in Versailles, but ne’ery is there a cloud so sinister that it doesn’t have SOME silver lining.

      • Colby

        So much this. I’m related to all of the people you described. Fun.

    • sgtdoom

      Money implies poverty. The question is, what is the greatest entitlement program of all time, since his kind always rant and rave about so-called “entitlements”?
      The power to create money, and the banking cartel, and their central banks, and their creation of credit derivatives, and their special weapon, the naked swap (uncovered Credit Default Swaps), and their ability to do naked shorting of stocks by way of the DTCC’s Stock Borrow Program, and their ability to do endless manipulation and speculation of the commodities market as they can purchase an unlimited number of commodity futures, and their ability to rig LIBOR rates, and precious metals markets, and forex (foreign exchanges, or currency markets) and interest rate swap rates, etc,, etc., etc., gives them an almost infinite monopoly on money creation!

      • Colby

        And not wanting to share it with the entitled rest of the world is a pretty god damn entitled approach to it all. Ohhhhhh the universe has a wonderful sense of humor.

  • kowalityjesus

    I wonder if the eye of the needle gets narrower and narrower for that camel to pass through the richer you get.

    • echar

      Just buy a larger needle.

      • echar

        Or another church leader.

      • kowalityjesus

        Simony will get you nowhere!

        • echar

          King Philip IV and “pope” Clement V

          http://one-evil.org/content/people_14c_clement_v.html

          • kowalityjesus

            ….but HELL
            -the Simoniac Pope from Dante’s Inferno, William Blake

          • echar

            Excellent drawing :)

          • echar

            I prefer Hel, over the nailed god’s terrorizing compliance enforcement.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel_%28being%29

          • kowalityjesus

            also, interesting link, but I can’t help but feel that site is riddled with tall tales.

          • echar

            Possibly, I was trying to look for a link that got to the point. The site probably not the best choice. It is historically accurate the Clement V was purchased by Philip IV. Whom owed the Templars vast amounts of gold.

          • kowalityjesus

            I was hoping you weren’t reading that website. ;) It has interesting claims which turned over in my head all through Mass this morning. poor sources, logical fallucies, and dare-I-say lies seem to spoil the theories that I read, though.

            The Blake engraving is a profound piece of art, thanks. I had a small poster of it in my apartment in Baltimore. When I read the Divine Comedy, I would often keel over from the thick text and wake up, the first thing looking at that piece. I swear most every time, I saw something new and punch-me-in-the-brain profound, so subtle and ingenious that one can only appreciate it in the ephemeral state between waking and sleeping. Only Van Gogh and Blake do that for me.
            Poignantly, Dali used that state for composing. By dozing holding a spoon above a pan, when he fell asleep he would drop the spoon and wake himself up and paint whatever he was beginning to dream. I have had some highly supernatural things happen to me in that state.

          • echar

            I have a feeling that if you are not familiar already, will have an appreciation for Jacek Yerka. This piece appears to be an homage to Escher and Dali. The latter was nearly obsessed with the female back.

            http://www.yerkaland.com/

    • Oginikwe

      According to Eddie Izzard, the rich use their blenders and pour those suckers through that needle. lol

  • Andrew

    Simple math proves O’Leary’s full of shit. If 1% of the population owns 50% of the world, how can the other 99% achieve similar wealth without redistribution? There’s no such thing as 4950%, and all the hard work in the world won’t create it.

    • echar

      By taking it from them?

    • kowalityjesus

      It’s the last days of Rome…

      • ManwithnoCountry

        Or i it the dissolution of the Republic? Hail Obama!

        • Oginikwe

          Not Obama: the economic elite have been running this country for decades.

        • Jin The Ninja

          republics are overrated.

        • VaudeVillain

          Obama is Consul for now, the Caesar will have to seize power from the Consul in order to display legitimacy: one cannot claim to solve a problem which is expressly manifest as themselves.

          The real question, of course, is whether or not the End Of The Republic is something to be feared or something to be lauded. Caesar can be seen as a hero or a villain, savior or tyrant, it’s all a matter of perspective, for most the perspective is dictated by the outcome.

          • mannyfurious

            I think it’s pretty clear that end of the Empire is happening with a whimper. Over the next century, more or less, without the aid of some kind of massive natural disaster or attack on home soil, the US empire will slowly dissolve into some weird shadow of civilization as we know it. It will happen so slowly, but so consistently that most won’t even notice. One day our descendants will just be living in conditions that echo something before WWII and no one will know how they quite got there, but it will be normal for them, and in that way fate is merciful.

          • VaudeVillain

            Where do you place our transition from Republic to Empire? We haven’t yet seen a proper Emperor, so I’m not quite sure we can safely rule out the possibility of a true tyrant and a transition to full-blown American Empire.

          • mannyfurious

            The Empire has learned the mistakes of those who came before. Democracy is a very good way to keep the emperor out of sight, no? There’s no way to rebel against an emperor if the people are unsure one even exists. Furthermore, instead of consolidating power into one person, we have a cabal of powerful individuals who make decisions as a group. Therefore, the untimely death of one doesn’t have an ultimate effect on the empire as a whole.

          • Lookinfor Buford

            Well I dunno, last time we got the Dark Ages.

    • Rhoid Rager

      The sad part is that what is considered wealth now (fancy cars, mansions, yachts, and other ungainly, shiny contraptions) will be a burden without the labour to maintain them well into the future. The rich are standing on very thin ice at the moment, which makes me think that the elite are building their own special Darwin Award category, and reveling in it, the silly wankers.

      • Andrew

        Even better, how much of the elites’ wealth is merely numbers in computers–debtmoney, the only value of which is what we’re willing to do or give them for it? How much of their power is actually our power?

        • rhetorics_killer

          You are right: we only have to decide how good a day it is for quality killings.

        • Lookinfor Buford

          A majority of it is paper wealth. This is also why redistribution is not practical. Once you forcibly begin to redistribute, much of the accounted for ‘wealth’ actually disappears into thin air, out of fear.

          • Rhoid Rager

            that’s otherwise called deflation

          • Lookinfor Buford

            Deflation yes with regards to tangible assets, but I was actually referring to valuation of equities and other paper assets, which accounts for quite a bit of what we call wealth.
            IMO, “if” deflation could occur without affecting paper valuations, it would actually help the lower socio-economic classes more than just about anything. But the FED thinks deflation is the root of all evil. My guess is because the elite, politicians in particular, own a lot of real assets (e.g. land). Inflation is their best friend.
            But yeah, deflation would take time, and my point was that ‘paper wealth’ can vanish pretty much overnight, much quicker than it can be redistributed.

          • Rhoid Rager

            all the more reason to keep cash out of the bank and buried in the woods somewhere. the recent HSBC attempt at capital controls should be warning enough that Cyprus was just a warm-up.
            and the deflation i was referring to was the deflation of the money supply–which affects prices, not the reverse. as for the reason deflation is deemed undesirable by the elite–it’s because debt at interest cannot be so readily serviced.

          • Andrew

            So you’re saying forced redistribution of paper/electron “wealth” hasn’t begun yet?

      • rhetorics_killer

        I think alike, anxieties impregnate their mind: what made me first think about this was a) the tensions going on the Debt (is all this money real? It would not survive a mere twenty-four hour electricityless period, being entirely contained inside bank computers) b) the widespread move among industrialized countries towards harsh legislations on restricted private rights. These last ten years have been all concerned with overprotection of ‘high positions’ or so called, and it is still going on.

    • Lookinfor Buford

      It’s not a zero-sum game.

      • Andrew

        You’re right, it’s not, but it’s much, much closer to zero-sum than 4950 motherfreaking %. Even counting the production of new goods and new services and new debtmoney and all the energy the sun sends the planet, the way the 1% lives precludes the vast majority of others from achieving similar status. O’Leary is so full of shit it’s amazing he hasn’t done a Mr. Creosote on us, although this interview could be considered a prelude.

        • Jonas Planck

          To be fair, his argument is only WAFFER THIN!!!

  • nicholas p.

    well atleast i know i will be sitting in my camo chair in a forest drinking beer waiting for dinner while the world crumbles. hey mabe when its all over i can move into my own mansion and go find a ferrari inthe middle of a street. that will be the day me in my radiation suit driving down the street in a ferrari towards my mansion dodging the rubble and abandoned vehicles.

    • kowalityjesus

      it’s possible and it can happen at any time. But the thing is it hasn’t happened yet, so why should it then just suddenly happen?

  • http://KREET-N.BLOGSPOT.COM/ KREET-N

    FIVE MINUTES ALONE WITH THOSE TWO…THAT’S ALL I WOULD NEED.

  • DrDavidKelly

    Yeah I thought about becoming rich there for a while. Get up early, work hard, be entrepreneurial, fuck people over, spend my precious little down time entertaining clients, press the flesh, meet the right people, wear the right clothes, talk the right way, have luncheons for notable charities, get my picture taken with minor royalty and celebrities, befriend a judge or three … then I looked outside and the sun was shining so I sat in my backyard and did a J. Looked up and saw fluffy white clouds amble across a blue sky … got a bit sleepy …

    • American Cannibal

      anarchist

  • gustave courbet

    This guy is revealing one of two things: he’s willing to get on TV and utter things he knows full well to be idiotic, or you don’t have to be particularly smart to be rich. And while it’s always interesting to hear directly from people how out of touch with reality they are, its also a testament to the consideration cable news networks have for their audience’s intelligence.

  • Iam Iam

    Your own mind is creating your reality, poverty is a dicease spreaded by an ancient and powerfull thoughtform from the beginning of man times,

  • marvin nubwaxer

    this guy is fantastically wrong when 85 people have the same amount of wealth as half the people on the planet who in this status quo remain potential customers and clients when their potential demand in the market is stifled by their immovable poverty.

  • Jonas Planck

    What a brilliant idea! I agree… O’leary should be stripped of all his wealth, denied his property, cut off from his network, and then he can be thankful that he now has a goal to aspire to, and people he can look up to! It will encourage him to work for a change! In fact, I can’t understand why he hasn’t done that himself already… perhaps he’s just selflessly denying himself the inspiration and hope that comes with having nothing… or maybe he’s just too lazy to work for a living.

  • pcj70

    it not a zero sum game, you morons

    • Andrew

      I repeat, the game (and it is a game) is closer to zero sum than it is to 4950%.

      • pcj70

        cool, who did the cavemen steal from?