The super-rich are trolling us at this point.
In January, it was revealed that the combined wealth of the world’s 10 richest men had increased by $ 540 billion (£ 400 billion) during the pandemic.
It is a sum that is almost impossible to understand. It is precisely because our intuitions are so unreliable as to the magnitude of this wealth that we sit back and accept it.
Despite the mind-boggling build-up enjoyed by a slim group of billionaires – enough, according to Oxfam, to keep the world from sliding into poverty due to Covid-19 and pay for vaccines for all – countries around the world continue to struggle economically in in the face of the pandemic.
This is why Jeff Bezos soaring into space is so tasteless.
It is as if someone shows up for your lung cancer operation, pulls out a lounge chair, and lights a cigarette.
During this crisis, the wealth of British billionaires increased by 35%. Food bank use increased by 33 percent.
While the correlation is difficult to demonstrate, what is quite clear is that another vast transfer of wealth is now well underway.
The one who should shock us and make us all angry.
We are sadly so numbed by the apocalyptic inequality in our world that some are more likely to be annoyed by an immigrant getting a decent house on the street than by the fact that two million dollars are to Jeff Bezos what a dollar is for him. employees – this is the scale of his astronomical fortune.
But rather than doing something, we sit down and accept it as good little plebs.
We chuckle through the resignation. We are looking for irony in all of this. As if somehow, rolling our eyes disapprovingly at this vulgar display of greed, we were somehow absolved.
Obviously, our economic system must evolve. Unfortunately, history is not exactly littered with examples of an easy, linear, or bloodless process.
While many would have us believe that the right people in Davos know about the situation, it seems no crisis is too shocking to spur the masses to act.
We sit down and shrug as a super-rich group tilts our beautiful planet off its ecological axis while presenting themselves as the tech-savvy saviors who can pull us out of disaster.
A super-rich class with political and economic influence, not only to lean on politicians, but to shape our whole culture, until their values, aspirations and interests strike us as common sense. As a force for good.
It’s a hard nightmare to wake up, isn’t it? Even when the place is inundated, burning and crumbling all around us, the heartwarming illusion that all will be well prevails.
Money goes to money. Wealth is a magnetic force.
Our economic system is rigged to push money upstream. rigged to keep stressed people out with low wages and debt, while the cost of living skyrockets.
The system is rigged to exploit and destroy the natural environment.
And rigged to make it look like there’s nothing you can do about it – or that putting your wine bottles in the right color bin will make a blind difference.
Obviously, for Bond villains like Bezos, moving business overseas just isn’t enough, much like the world itself. He wants to move his business off the planet.
Maybe the next time one of these weirdos wants to visit space, we should make sure back to school is an even more trying experience than usual.
Immigrant claims are sinister little lies
We are now in the ‘letting immigrants drown’ part of the Brexit dystopia. Yes, it’s time to cancel the lifeboats, apparently.
At least, this is the inventory according to right-wing muppets like Darren Grimes.
The human thing to do with regard to the plight of migrants, argues meta-ethicist Grimes, would be to stop tricking them into perilous journeys through dangerous waters – leaving them to die at sea.
Every time a lifeboat rolls up to pull someone struggling out of the water, it sends a signal to migrants around the world that the UK operates a free water taxi service.
Obviously, little evidence has been provided to support this ridiculous argument.
Given the war zones and tyrannies that many of these people flee from, I suspect their risk threshold is already extremely high.
It is therefore highly unlikely that leaving desperate people to drown will only result in the continued debasement of the UK’s moral currency around the world.
However, maybe that’s what some of these little English guys want. Immigration is a complex issue, yes, and anyone on the left or on the right claims otherwise is wrong.
But the question of whether we should protect human life is, fortunately, quite simple.
Are you half empty?
Are you the type to moan when it rains but also to complain when it is “too hot”? Do you feel overwhelmed, wishing you weren’t so busy, but get bored and discouraged when there is actually nothing you can do?
Do you secretly harbor primitive resentment towards half of the country’s population for reasons you don’t really understand? Do you justify this by “banter”?
Does your house have a room with a “big” light, or maybe a can of “juice” which is, in fact, a sugary soft drink?
Are you already considering your New Years resolution to lose weight because starting so late in the year now seems unrealistic?
Basically, do you find that you are never happy or satisfied despite the many reasons to be grateful? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, congratulations, you are probably Scottish.
The rest corresponds to the bill
Ghostbusters fans must be thrilled with the trailer for the long-awaited sequel, Ghostbusters: Afterlife. It sounds like the nostalgia party that many of us might with. Even though Bill Murray is only there for 2 minutes, it will be worth the price of admission for me.
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