May Day - Restating the Obvious
Since I’m on a student visa in this country, I can’t afford to get arrested at an unauthorized demonstration. So I’m saving my physical participation for the solidarity march at 5:30 (that’s 17:30 EST) from Union Square to Wall St. Having a few extra minutes to kill with meaningless Interneting, I came across this article, which restates an important point: we can’t rely on wealthy philanthropists voluntarilygivingtheir wealth, as libertarians would like us to believe, because there’s no way to ensure that they will decide to give the money where it is most needed.
I’m gonna take these extra minutes before I go brush my teeth and put on my D&G shirt to do a little George Carlin routine. Ahem.
I AM SO FUCKING SICK OF TALKING TO RICH PEOPLE WHO DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY TAXES ARE NECESSARY.
I mean, really. Are you fucking retarded?
If you’re an irascable cattle rancher out in Wyoming somewhere and you shit in an outhouse and pump water from a well, I can see why the Tea Party appeals to you and why you might subscribe to the nonsensical quasi-ideology of “libertarianism.”
But if you live in a city and you don’t understand why taxes are necessary, then you’re just fucking stupid. When you leave the house, do you prefer to have a sidewalk out there, rather than a sea of mud? When you shit, do you enjoy having plumbing to flush your crap out of the room and a sewer system to take it somewhere far away so that it doesn’t accumulate outside your house? When you plug your wide-screen, flat-screen, 7-speaker plasma TV into the socket, do you enjoy have electricity come out?
You get pissy if there’s a power outage, but you refuse to recognize that pretty much the entire public infrastructure of New York needs urgent updating. You tell racist stories about the clerk at Best Buy to your yuppie friends over brunch, but you don’t seem to realize that sales clerks would be more articulate if the American public education system wasn’t such a fucking wreck. You demand maximum productivity from the workers you pay minimum wage to churn out profit for you, but you’re too dumb to understand that those workers would be more productive for more hours if they had reliable, quality health care. I argue for a living and I can teach an undergraduate freshman to read Hegel, but at a certain point even I hit a brick wall when faced with a degree of self-centered density that defies comprehension.
My problem isn’t so much that so much of the world’s wealth is concentrated in so few hands; it’s much more that so much of the world’s wealth is concentrated in the hands of people who are DUMB.
For fuck’s sake, get onto the street this one time and just do a job. Be a body in the mass. It doesn’t cost anything, and who knows, it might turn out to be something. I’m about as fucking cynical about politics as the Marxist faggot son of a career diplomat can get, and even I’m going. Hope to see you there.