Look, I am like a bottom feeding F list internet personality at best and yet after November of 2016, all of a sudden racist idiots started talking constant smack to me on pretty much everything I posted on social media. Gee, wonder what emboldened all that? At times, this happened when I was expressing amazingly radical political positions such as: I agree with the Civil Rights movement that happened before I was born. Unreal.
I personally have no clue why someone like Jeff Bezos ever enjoys a night out anywhere without someone either screaming at him or otherwise telling him he’s a horrible person in some incredibly loud and ugly manner or another. This should apply to absolutely every person with over 2 billion or so dollars in existence. Hell, I’d take it to places like their kid’s soccer games and shit. Seriously, those estate tax dodging little fucks are going to have their asses absolutely kissed by everyone they encounter pretty much every second of their hollow existences. I want their parents to have to explain it to them:
“Why are those people screaming at me Pop?”
“Well, daddy’s a ruthless predator sweetheart. Those are the poor saps we feed off. That new tennis court I just built for you? It was technically made from human suffering.”
Where did all that Occupy spirit go so quickly? This article is about applying the same principles to politics, which I don’t think would be as effective but it’s worth reading anyway. (From Splinter):
“Do you think that being asked to leave a restaurant, or having your meal interrupted, or being called by the public is bad? My fascism-enabling friends, this is only the beginning.
One thing that people who wield great power often fail to viscerally understand is what it feels like to have power wielded against you. This imbalance is the source of many of the most monstrous decisions that get made by powerful people and institutions. The people who start the wars do not have bombs dropped on their houses. The people who pass the laws that incarcerate others never have to face the full force of the prison system themselves. The people who design the economic system that inflicts poverty on millions are themselves rich. This sort of insulation from the real world consequences of political and economic decisions makes it very easy for powerful people to approve of things happening to the rest of us that they would never, ever tolerate themselves. No health insurance CEO would watch his child die due to their inability to afford quality health care. No chickenhawk Congressman will be commanding a tank battle in Iran. No opportunistic race-baiting politician will be shunned because of their skin color. Zealots condemn gay people—except for their own gay children. The weed-smoking of young immigrants should get them deported—but our own weed-smoking was a youthful indiscretion. Environmentalist celebrities fly on carbon-spouting private jets. Banks make ostentatious charity donations while raking in billions from investments in defense contractors and gun manufacturers and oil companies. This is human nature. It is very, very easy to do things that hurt others as long as those same things benefit, rather than hurt, you. Self-justification is a specialty of mankind.
A well-designed political system would have a built-in feedback system to ensure that those making the decisions are also subject to the consequences of those decisions. Minor versions of this are floated every now and then: Put Congress on Obamacare! Pay elected officials what their average constituents earn! But in aggregate, of course, we have nothing like this feedback mechanism in America. The titans of money congregate on Wall Street and the titans of government congregate in DC and they all make decisions that often disenfranchise and impoverish and frustrate the dreams of people far away, and then they go to nice restaurants and go home to nice houses and have nice, well-paid careers for decades to come. That is our system. There is little incentive for those who work within that system to change it in a way that might create the sort of negative feedback that can be unpleasant. Therefore it is the job of the public to do just that. Doing so is, in fact, a public service. It promotes good government.
“With great power comes great responsibility.” That is the basic idea underlying noblesse oblige, and though noblesse oblige itself is not as good as equality, it looks fantastic compared to what we have today. Today, we have an ignorant billionaire narcissist leading our government, a man surrounded by a pack of enablers”
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