This is the Insurgent Radio Kiosk for Monday, November 11th
I love those nature shows that probe the behavior and intelligence of birds, elephants, and other fellow creatures.
However, there’s one exotic critter the shows have ignored, and it’s crying out for analysis: Humanoid super-richinoids. While some in this rare species seem like normal homo sapiens, as a group the super-richinoids exhibit aberrant, destructive tendencies. In particular, an insatiable desire to accumulate boundless personal wealth, as if one’s net worth is one’s true worth. They view life as a primal competition to be No. 1, the richest of all!
Robert Frank, an analyst of plutocracy, points to the insane competitive zealotry of Larry Ellison, the multibillionaire co-founder of Oracle. Frank writes that when Ellison learned that a rival billionaire was having a 400-foot yacht built (a boat one-third bigger than a football field!), Ellison rushed out to get a 450-foot yacht.
Toys are one thing, but the überrich tend to feel entitled to exploit rank and file workers, crush smaller competitors, pay no taxes, rip-off consumers, defraud investors, contaminate our environment, buy elections, monopolize markets – and demand to be publicly celebrated and idolized.
But when poked, these wannabe demigods turn into wimps! Now that their freakish greed is being denounced by the American majority and politicians of both parties, the royals are squealing like pigs stuck in a fence. Their hubris is being openly mocked – and I suspect that their whimpering is due to their finally realizing that their bloated net worth can’t buy respect… and they can’t handle that reality.
We’ve got to quit celebrating and catering to these flighty corporate profiteers, and get back to building a real economy based on the productivity and true genius of America’s grassroots entrepreneurs and workers.
“Attack of the Wall Street Snowflakes,” The New York Times, November 11, 2019.
“The Idle Rich? They Wish,” The New York Times, October 20, 2019.
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Know someone who is impacted by the hoarding disorder? A free presentation to describe the underlying causes of the disorder and answer questions will be offered this evening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Alicia Ashman Library, 733 North High Point Road. For information, phone 824-1780.
A free wellness talk to describe what “normal’ or healthy digestive health looks and feels like will be offered on Tuesday, November 12th from noon to 1 p.m. at the Monona Terrace Community Center, One John Nolen Drive. Learn about nutrition strategies for maintaining a healthy digestive system. For information, visit mononaterrace.com.
Free one-on-one sessions are available to get help with writing projects on Tuesday, November 12th from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Goodman Library, 2222 South Park Street. Writing projects can include resumes, job application cover letters or creative writing projects. Phone 266-6395 to make an appointment for a 45-minute session.
If you have found an injured, ill or orphaned wild animal you believe needs assistance, contact the Dane County Humane Society’s Wildlife Center at 287-3235 before intervening. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers are happy to talk you through the next steps and determine when help is truly needed. Learn more at giveshelter.org.
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