I used to read highbrow stuff on the internet, but then one day, reading one of Foseti's random linkage posts, I discovered Business Insider. Which has the most dumbed down layout you can find anywhere, I feel almost insulted on just opening their homepage. But I'm hooked. Now most of my time in the office is spent reading their hilariously sensationalistic articles. And although Henry Blodget looks like disgusting slime, there's actually quite a lot of good stuff there. Makes you think. Really.
Two articles caught my eye today:
Greeks are abandoning their children as they can't afford to feed them. Wow. Little I can add to this story. Downward mobility is truly tragic. The examples cited are the typical, young unemployed single mothers. Got knocked up by an alpha, got abandoned. But there was State, the sugar daddy of last resort. Alas, in Greece, even the State abandons you. The Greek is the ultimate alpha male if you think about it. A real uncaring asshole.
The other example I found more interesting. A man who has 10 children, with a salary of €960, so he gives away 4 children to makes end meet. He seems to be a native Greek, so no welfare scam. Just the embodiment of Malthusianism. I guess in Malthus time there were plenty of this kind of people, spending every single dime of extra income in pumping additional babies to this world. Which had an excuse if you're a peasant with no contraception available. What was this guy thinking though?
Now in totally unrelated news, I mean not even news actually, I found this article which blew me away. The waking time of successful people. There's a list of successful CEOs and executives and their lifestyles. Waking up at 4:30 am?! Holy shit. And they're the last to go too! Tim Cook may be getting 400 million bucks this last year, but hell, he must be spending them in coke just to stay awake. Well coke isn't that expensive. But still. I'd rather be middle-class but have a healthy sleep every day.
I know many workaholics, and being a fairly lazy man, I find them insufferable. I also resent the fact that their sheer number distorts the general expectations for any worker today. The general idea that people should do long hours if they want to succeed. All this is related to the single best argument against capitalism: the law of diminishing returns. The fact that in a free (or free-ish) market, competition will drive down profit margins until the market becomes a living hell for anyone involved. Well the labor market is a great example. I pity my American friends who have to work in that environment, expected to waste their lives in some dull office job, competing with cokenoses and Ritalin-filled drones. I just wanna go home, read a book and enjoy classics on Netflix, please.
Most animosity against capitalism is driven by envy, specifically money envy. People hate the rich, and they run their hamster wheels to rationalize any reason against them: corruption, crookedness, pure evil. And while there's a point in that rich people, by their sheer wealth have more influence in politics, influence that they will use when necessary; well it is a tad unfair. But the point stands that rich people, in many cases, just work more. They focus their whole fucking brains in making money. And the opportunity cost of that is huge. They can't have hip camping parties at New York, or stay months at their dads garage while studying how to Game hot models.
Which links with the news on Greece. I mean its really tough luck to live under Greece's government, but its increasingly obvious that poverty is a state of mind. That dude could 1/endeavor to get a better job and more income, be frugal and save it so he can hedge risks better, or 2/keep on slacking while cumming inside his bitch at any chance he got. Well something tells me he wouldn't have to give his kids away if he had the habit of waking up at 4:30 am.
But wait! Some charitable women got him some money and a place to stay with his family. Oh well. Poor Malthus, he didn't count on that one. Darwin did though.