Hey Richies – Cure Poverty or We All Die


Hey we might already be a dead species walking. Ocean acidification, a climate change pattern that will continue even if we magically stop producing carbon 100% this instant, treatment resistant diseases with a pool of billions of specimens in which to evolve. Something can get us, may already have us in its sights. That’s all of us, not just the poor, whatever you rich people are imagining.

Given these problems, all the class war the rich are perpetrating against us poor folks? Huge waste of time and resources. The clock is ticking. Keeping the poor in a state of desperation and suffering is great fun for you, we know, but it also makes the world a chaotic, useless place.

We can’t get a goddamn thing done. Education of the next genius to save us? You’re choking the actual merit out of the Ivy League with legacy nepotism, and demolishing the ability of cheaper schools to actually teach. Having a robust competent workforce so we can build our way out of at least some troubles? We’re getting crippled from preventable health conditions, incapable of practicing job skills because employer-friendly legislation has us unemployed or changing jobs constantly, that kind of shit.

You don’t have to give up your palaces, your demonic lifestyles, your vampiric destruction of everything beautiful in nature, your inhuman loathing of us. Hate us all you want. Just let us have what we need to be healthy. It can come out of the military’s budget SOOO easily.

Think what we could accomplish with a world full of healthy people*, without minds and bodies being shredded like lettuce in the struggle to survive. With universities that had actual professorships instead of hordes of homeless itinerant “adjuncts” living like zombies to teach classrooms of fifty and more. With an industrial sector full of hearty Bruce Willis in Armageddon – styled people, able to live up to the national myths we cling to.

And then you can sit there at the top, bathing in the blood of the last rhinos and drinking the jizz of extinct fish, or whatever it is you like to buy with your gold bricks. You can sit there thinking about how your magnanimity is the only thing that allowed the human species to survive that shit show early millennium situation.

You’ll be right. You’ll be as god-like powerful as you are now, but with the added pride of actual moral leadership instead of this insecure self-delusion you’re spitting now. Noblesse Oblige as a good thing instead of a bad joke.

Live the dream, baby. Because something is coming that your money won’t help you escape. You’re going to need us to live through it. Throw us a goddamn bone here. We’re dyin’.

*Not to leave out the disabled. You know poor able-bodied workers love sick people, right? So watching ’em die in your heartless hellworld is bad for our health. Help people who need help. I know the inherent dignity of a human life is something you’ll never understand, so do it for the venal reasons I’m suggesting. Pretty please?


Comments

  1. says

    Yes, it does sound like we’re pretty well fucked.

    At this point, one rational thing to do is stop having kids: the future world they’ll inhabit won’t be very nice and if you’re never born at all you’ll avoid the big cull and help reduce its severity a tiny bit.

    Some of the rich still have their fantasies of moving to Mars or somewhere else – in spite of the rather obvious fact that humans’ skill at “terraforming” seems to run only in the direction of “making places uninhabitable” not “turning uninhabitable places into gardens” Of course, that won’t sink in until it’s too late. Besides, it’s not like they’re going to be allowed to leave; once the situation gets dire the rich’re going to be decorating lamp posts and soup kettles. Old Russian proverb “the rich can’t eat money” but yeah the poor can eat the rich.

  2. says

    There was a half-jokey Voluntary Human Extinction movement, as I recall. Even without having a club, non-baby-having is ethically perfect. Maybe that’s true of any negative proposition, but when it comes to preventing human misery, not generating a human is one of the best things ever.

    The rich can’t eat money, ha. Is that really a Russian saying? I like it.

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