[written in one sitting as fast as I could because I got a guest coming. Note, my Xmas was fine. Enjoyed the vintage Americana I indulged in, from listening to classic Xmas tunes, to watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” for the first time, and spending it with my wife, etc. Here, I’m talking about the world stage, and what our new masters are doing to it.]
179 years and the spirit of Ebeneezer reigned over Christmas in his descendant billionaires, from Zuckerberg to Bezos to Musk to Schwab… Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” in 1843, and it wasn’t supposed to be an instruction manual for future tycoons. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a 1946 American movie starring Jimmy Stewart, about another business bastard ruining Christmas for a whole town: this time Henry F. Potter. 76 years later and we all live in Pottersville. We’ve learned precisely nothing, and are still grovelling in greed and stupidity.
Technology has plowed ahead so fast that we can dispense with the old Christmas spirit classics that temporarily thawed the hearts of the working class, but never the moguls running the shit show for their own benefit, and at everyone else’s expense. Today, we can go straight to the dystopian sci-fi movies for our inspiration. And let’s just admit that everyone is a closet Machiavellian, if not dabbling seriously in De Sade.
Hard to believe we are toying with nuclear war again, that’s how utterly moronic we’ve become. If you missed your Xmas present, American citizens, it’s a new bomber, the B21, which was a bargain for taxpayers costing a mere $700 million dollars. We are expected to produce a whole fleet for just over $200 billion. What’s so great about the B21 is it can deliver a payload of nuclear bombs without being detected by enemy radar, and thus deliver a guaranteed first strike. Just what I f_cking wanted! A whole fleet of them is like Xmas every day.
We are developing artificial wombs, which I had recently predicted. Seems like kinda’ simple technology compared to other things we’re doing. And you also get to choose your baby’s hair and eye colors, height, and IQ. The billionaires are heavily invested in immortality drugs and medical procedures. And I can tell you a little something about all of this technology. The perfect specimen of an ideal human, who is immortal and also a cyborg, is no better than Bob Cratchit or George Bailey [the protagonists of “A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” respectively]. Do you know why?
I’ll tell you why. Because the real challenge of being a human being is making choices, and acting on them. And no, sonsofbitching billionaires, I’m not taking about the kinds of “choices” that are scheming to make more billions by siphoning up the middle class’s living salaries into the vast seas of your purely disposable incomes. I’m talking about good, decent decisions and actions. Yes, being a good person — not a weak one, but a good one — is the real challenge of being human. A spoiled brat is an immature mind. And a spoiled adult is a chronically immature mind, permanently underdeveloped, and unable to manage it’s own selfish desires.
Morality and ethics are for the underclass. I know this from my job experience. When I worked in warehouses and had to stand up all day, I had to ask permission to use the bathroom. Every goddamned minute had to be accounted for. But when I got promoted to marketing, I could piss whenever I wanted, take long breaks, and otherwise have a much more comfortable work day. I was still under the boot, but not at the bottom rung. And as you move up the ranks, the glory of corruption starts to envelope you.
For the Machiavellian bosses, and the aspiring rich prats among us, cheating isn’t a sin. No, its’ a skill! You pride yourself on your ability to cheat, swindle, bend the rules, and rip everyone else off. And then you present yourself as some moral demigod. A sleazeball like Mark Zuckerberg, tries to present himself as noble and benevolent, does he not? Meanwhile, he’s selling everyone else’s personal information, without compunction, for personal profit. You could clearly see the Zuckerberg effect when he bought out Instragram. The new TOS included that the company now owned any image you shared. Suddenly ads appeared everywhere. And the platform became a tool for harvesting data. Zuckerberg is an Ebeneezer of today. SBF ripped everyone off royally while parading himself around as an “effectual altruist” who was going to donate all his money to charity.
Today, pretending to be moral or decent trumps actually being a good person, and the wolves are always parading around in sheep’s clothing.
The struggle between being good and evil is perpetual, and hundreds and thousands of years from now, if we survive the next century that is, our cyborg descendants will have the same struggle we do now, and which King Lear had, and every single person throughout history.
And a little something about history before I end this rant. Radicalism is the useful idiot of authoritarianism, because it erases history and everything we’ve learned, and that is good that has survived to help us learn the lessons that Ebeneezer Scrooge learned, and which Henry F. Potter did not. Which Zuckerberg, Bezos, Musk, and the rest have not learned. We see our constitution being eroded, and this is in the name of greed. Just think of Pol Pot, and trying to declare the year to be Zero, and his murdering anyone who was educated, or even wore glasses. This was so nobody had recourse to history and all the lessons we learned from the past, in order to resist the lunacy of the new, genocidal authoritarian utopia. Because radicalism wants to eliminate, discredit, demonize, and destroy the past, it works perfectly for the ruling elite who want to take over, which is why they embrace and promote beliefs which would seem contradictory to their own reign. The biggest threat to authoritarianism is an educated, intelligent, independent, healthy population. And it’s in their best interest — if all they want is more power, money, and control — to poison and destroy the well-being of everyone else.
And that’s where we are now. And it’s getting worse. It used to be that reporting the news, and the government, and big business were different things and could even be checks and balances against each other. Now they are all in cahoots.
Heard about the “universal guaranteed income”? That’s what we are supposed to get so we can stay alive after AI and robotics have taken away all our jobs. Yeah, how much are we going to get? And who is going to give it to us? The government? The billionaires? Would that not mean a 2 class system where there is a tiny minority of ultra rich, and everyone else lives at the same level on the edge of poverty, with just enough to survive?
And what fantasy land are we living in where the ruling elite are going to support everyone else out of the goodness of their souls? Why not wipe out the “surplus population”? Once we become redundant and expendable, why the hell would our rulers care about us any more than they do now, which is not at all? When I hear “guaranteed universal income” I hear “annihilation”.
I would say that there will be a day when a robot will first kill a human, except that’s already happened. Drones have mowed down innocent people. The thing “The Terminator” got wrong was that it was not the machines themselves that had waged a war on humanity. The machines are the tools of the elite class of humans. The resistance is just us.
Everything wrong with the world is due to people. It’s not some historical cycle, nature, or just things happening. It’s all due to the machinations of the people running the show, and the reason everything is getting worse for everyone is that it’s getting astronomically better for a few. Of course their selfish acts harm everyone else. Consider the new prices for food. Ostensibly food went up because of covid. Now that covid is no longer the existential threat it once was, did the food prices come down at all? Nope. The price gouging has become permanent.
Evil and stupidity are triumphing around the world. That is why things are getting worse and worse. It’s time to grow the F up, stop being megalomaniacal moguls, and save our species and planet.
Let’s steer away from mutually assured annihilation, making 1984 into reality, and instead make next year a Bob Cratchit or George Bailey Xmas. You can never be rich, beautiful, or immortal enough to escape the human condition, and the billionaires aren’t even merry. If they were, we wouldn’t be in this mess.
Let me leave you with a sort of inspirational idea. A dolphin owns nothing. No, this isn’t endorsing the the new rip-off where you can’t buy programs anymore, but only rent them. Photoshop for a minimum of $10 a month, and then if you miss a payment you have zero access to it. Not that. That is just about the CEOs of those companies, and the board and stockholders owning more and more and fleecing the public. Rather, in a way we are in the same situation as our highly intelligent aquatic friends. We own things in deed, but not actually. Like them, we only really have our bodies and experiences. And we don’t need millions or billions or more billions of dollars. None of that really sticks to us. Dolphins go their whole lives without having a dime. But they have relationships, and even personalities. What truly matters may be what dolphins have, and what we have that we share with them, and not at all what we have that they don’t. I find it uplifting to imagine a dolphin swimming in the sea, completely free of ownership. We need money and possessions, of course, to survive. But not to be free. And those dolphins are always smiling, aren’t they?