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Much has been said regarding the so-called laziness of the poor. Hands have been wrung, glasses have been drained, Davos hotel rooms have been trashed year after year in elite consternation over The Perennially Perplexing Plight of the Poor.
Meanwhile in the American political landscape, the answer is already clear:
THEY'RE NOT WORKING HARD ENOUGH!!!!
But perhaps there's some confusion over what is meant by the term "hard work" -- certainly it's ambiguous, and no one takes a pause in the middle of a vigorous, breathy debate to define their terms, curiously. So, for the barely literate cretins out there who can barely manage to hold down a job much less participate in the ever-prosperous U.S. economy -- a visual guide:
Working hard vs. hardly working: An Illustrated Guide to Hard WorkWorking hard
(direct link: https://tpc.quip.com/00POAlXJ6I8Y)
Maybe CEO salary should be capped to whatever the Presidential salary is -- sort of like a "no one can stand taller than the King" sort of thing.
Historical Table of Presidential Salaries
President of the United States*
Something to notice about this week's latest brouhaha over whether Silicon Valley is the purple unicorn savior galloping toward planetary prosperity or the literal incarnation of living Satan (my vote's on both -- i'm engaging in hedginess), is that no one is disputing whether or not the conditions she describes are true. It is not The Facts of the Case that we are in disagreement about.
It is ideology.
In one ideology, it is perfectly OK for a billion-dollar food-delivery service to both pay and treat workers like shit. Reasons include:
"Those workers are Millennials, and everyone knows that all the Millennials are lazy good-for-nothings, so by the Law of Transitive Neoliberalism those whiny workers are actually being paid *FAR more* than they're worth, which is nothing."
"Sure, I had to go through the same bullshit myself. But it was so much worse back when i did it 5 years ago, LIKE YOU WOULDN'T EVEN BELIEVE HOW MANY WAYS IT WAS UPHILL IN 8 FEET OF SNOW BITCH -- and everyone ...
Upon some additional furrowed-brow rumination over this well-written and thought-provoking read about "Why we can’t rely on technology for a better future" (I did some other ranting as responses within the post), some additional insight:
The reality is, old rich dudes don't want to die (and at some point they've realized their days are numbered, despite the best efforts of whatever Calico is liable to come up with in our lifetimes) -- and they certainly don't want to leave a terrible legacy of apocalyptic doom behind them and be made liable for it in the unforgiving (yet malleable, via power) annals of history. They want to leave behind a glittering, unassailably awesome planet full of unbelievable wonders, and they see emerging technologies as their pyramids -- as opportunities to be remembered, and to in some small way escape the infinite darkness of death by living on in the minds of the human beings left behind in the world of the Still Living.
They want to be glorified, not v...
So, this happened:
Why can't they build a pipe or ledge that extends the water flow past the plunge pool? #dams https://t.co/h8y8rwCiyz pic.twitter.com/cbpKVCPx0Z— jason (@Jason) February 3, 2016
I would like an answer to this from a dam engineer (or a God damn engineer who works on dams) https://t.co/QjenlVW45v #engineering— jason (@Jason) February 4, 2016
And it really warrants reading the original piece -- it's short, probably Medium would say a "4-minute read," if you can spare it by outsourcing some mundane task to a poor person to free it up, of course.
One of Africa’s Biggest Dams Is Falling Apart
Talk about Missing the Goddamn (Dam) Point. In so many ways, not least of all the OUTRIGHT DEMAND that engineers everywhere leap to answer his noble call -- presumably *real* engineers who have experience with this sort of thing, and not this poor African fellow Munyaradzi Munodawafa, the chief executive of the Zambezi River Authority, who clearly doesn't know...
For every thoughtful, measured perspective on the gigantically thorny problem of Diversity in the Valley, there has to be at least 10 angry white dudes who feel entitled to take a shit all over the idea that being more inclusive has to involve, like, actually learning to be inclusive -- or really, making any changes at all.
There are "values" far more pressing than equality, they say -- EFFICIENCY! ALPHA ELITISM! SHAVING OFF ANOTHER 5 MINUTES OF SOME FULL STACK ENGINEER'S TIME (by outsourcing it to someone poor who should feel lucky to have the opportunity to schlep around the dirty laundry and fetch the burritos of Today's World-Saving Heroes -- preferably someone brown) so that someone, somewhere else (outside of the Valley, one presumes) can do all the theoretical Morally Good activities that serve as the philosophical prop that is supposed to justify the tech industry's frantic, breakneck pursuit of getting filthy fucking rich the mission critically important "time-saving effic...
It's not like we can create it and then escape it. If we believe in human equality as much as we say we do, we ought to be concerned about the lack of it.
The average annual cost of daycare in D.C. is a crazy $22,000. http://t.co/d4jYfYt2KP— Danielle Paquette (@DPAQreport) May 20, 2015
"Most Millionaires Think They Are Middle Class, CNBC Poll Shows" -- NBC News
Or: Tightwad capitalism and its stranglehold on both social and economic progress
Not everyone is destined to be an alpha overachiever. Even if they aspire to it, not everyone can be a CEO, or successful entrepreneur, doctor, lawyer, coding genius, etc. etc.
So, what do "the rest of us" deserve?? How should resources be distributed?
Do we all share a responsibility to give back in proportion to the benefits we’ve accrued from a robust public sector? Or is wealth on an endless snowball upwards towards less recently laboring capital and an endless downward spiral further into poverty on the other end of the continuum as the boot that expects you to be grateful digs its heels in sharper?
And then the very real and troubling (and often ignored) concern about wide swaths of a human distribution essentially being written out of the dream of American progress. It’s like we’re Danny —— exasperatingly slowly finding out that we’ve been written out of the will since the 70’s.
What of America...