[ExI] dead weight

Will Steinberg steinberg.will at gmail.com
Thu May 16 03:54:32 UTC 2019

On Wed, May 15, 2019, 23:26 Rafal Smigrodzki <rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com>

> On Wed, May 15, 2019 at 10:57 PM Will Steinberg <steinberg.will at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> On Wed, May 15, 2019, 10:33 <spike at rainier66.com> wrote:
>>> If 8 people have more gold than 3.8 billion poor, that isn’t a problem.
>> Oh stop.  Gold is viciously fungible.  Gold = money = power = work/time.
>> If 8 people can do more work in a second than 3.8 billion, something is
>> very fucked up.
>> And... something is very fucked up.  Just ask Gaia how the cancer is
>> going.
>>> _
> ### Let's run with it for a moment: Who produces more pollution, these 8
> evil rich or these 3.8 billion friends of the planet? Who poaches more
> endangered elephants, the execrable Mr Gates or the 500,000,000 Africans
> that are his equivalent? Who has a bigger carbon footprint, the monstrous
> Mr Bezos or a half billion Green sympathizers?
> Ask Gaia.

Well now that you ask, tiresome-right-wing-yin to JKC's

Who mines the coltan that enables all the smartphones running Bezos' apps?

Who makes the cheap products he is the middleman for?

You really think the first world could exist without the third?

Maybe some need to suffer.  Maybe that is life.  It is brutal and as it has
always been.  Maybe it is silly to think otherwise.

But it's definitely silly, too, to pretend that Bezos' riches aren't fueled
by suffering.

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