Appeasing the CEO


Mano Singham posted a pretty funny cartoon about appeasing the CEO [mano], framed as The Wizard of Oz.

Respectfully:

That’s another take on it. (From someone’s meme page on Facebook)

Comments

  1. chigau (違う) says

    面白いですね。
    It sez that you may have posted a dupilacte
    and then it goes and posts it

  2. says

    Lofty@#4:
    “What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine too”.

    Pretty much! Only they call it ‘investment’ and opportunity.

    I saw another fun meme that said something about how capitalism is when 99% of the people spend 40 hours a week doing what the other 1% tell them. Or they starve.
    It’s an oversimplification but it’s also more accurate than I like to think about.

  3. says

    Ieva Skrebele@#5:
    A friend of mine used to say that you can’t get rich by working hard. Instead you get rich by making lots of other people work hard for you.

    That’s exactly right!
    If you can steal a lot of money from someplace, you’re a criminal, but if you can steal a little money from a lot of people, you’re a capitalist.

  4. says

    My brother was telling me that his boss was nice because he shared expensive bottles of wine from his personal stash. All while my brother was working 12-14 hour days. I face-palmed.

  5. says

    Kia Wee Tan@#8:
    My brother was telling me that his boss was nice because he shared expensive bottles of wine from his personal stash.

    It’s weird to me how often capitalist abusers want their victims to love them.

  6. says

    That’s exactly right!
    If you can steal a lot of money from someplace, you’re a criminal, but if you can steal a little money from a lot of people, you’re a capitalist.

    This isn’t about capitalism. This is true for every human society there is. Let’s assume that in some primitive tribe it takes one hour for a clay pot maker to make one clay pot. If he wants to get rich, can he work harder and instead produce one hundred clay pots within one hour? Of course he cannot. This is why instead you get 100 slaves (servants, wives, war prisoners, whatever) to work for you.

    This is why, whenever some rich person claims that they worked hard and therefore earned their money, I’m skeptical. Yes, some people work harder than others, some work 60 hours per week, others work less than 40. But it is inherently impossible for the hardworking person to work thousand times longer hours than the general population.

    “Make others work hard for you” works even if you don’t hire anybody, even if you are self-employed. Let’s assume you singlehandedly write some software and then you sell it for a big profit. This only means you did good marketing and successfully convinced the buyer to work hard in order to earn that money which you just received. And if you sell your software to a company, well, guess who worked hard in order to ensure that you get your big paycheck.

    There simply is no other way to get rich except by arranging that lots of other people work hard and give you what they earned/made/produced (if you inherit wealth, then they instead worked hard for your parents).

    I don’t think there’s anything fair about the societies humans have. Obviously I don’t buy the “but I took risks, therefore I earned my money” capitalist argument either. Other people took similar risks and ended up poor. Whoever got rich did so only as a result of dumb luck. They don’t “deserve” their wealth any more than somebody who bought a lottery ticket and happened to win.

    It’s weird to me how often capitalist abusers want their victims to love them.

    It’s not weird. People generally prefer to believe that they are good. They crave a positive self image. Very few people go so far as to think, “I’m a selfish thief, I hurt and exploit others, and I love myself for this.” It takes a sociopath/narcissist to be happy about being a jerk. So instead they make excuses for their behavior (“But I made jobs, it doesn’t matter that my workers earn minimum wage while I’m a millionaire, without me these people would be unemployed and even worse off.”)

  7. says

    Ieva Skrebele@#10:
    This is true for every human society there is. … This is why instead you get 100 slaves (servants, wives, war prisoners, whatever) to work for you.

    Yes. I’ve gone through periods of my life when I have wanted to reject civilization outright on the basis that it appears to be a hack by some humans to create something they can rule over or otherwise exploit. But then I realize that I’m following Rousseau’s path into the wilderness of believing there is some kind of romantic natural state in which humans aren’t horrible exploiters.

    In my darker moments I truly believe that if you had only 2 humans, one would oppress the other.

  8. says

    Rousseau’s path into the wilderness of believing there is some kind of romantic natural state in which humans aren’t horrible exploiters.

    Such a thing never existed. In monkey groups there is a hierarchy and some monkeys who are on top exploit those in lower positions. Our ancestors were exploiting each other long before they even anatomically resembled humans.

    In my darker moments I truly believe that if you had only 2 humans, one would oppress the other.

    If they got to pick each other, then there would be a large probability that no one exploits the other. There are plenty of kind and non exploitative people out there.

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