Are the rich insane?


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2When you live in a world based on bad management, you have to start wondering whether the culture of the Rich Insane has any possible basis in fact. You don’t have to be rich to be insane, but it certainly is much more convenient. The problem here is that being rich is becoming synonymous with being insane.

We all know the rich conspiracy theories. Nobody cares about them. Drivel is drivel, and that’s it. The simple fact is that rich people don’t need conspiracy theories. For example – The endless theories about the Rothschilds running the world; they did that 200 years ago, dominating European commerce and politics. Then they apparently got out of the habit. People that rich have better things to do than run the world and burden themselves with tedious politicians. Ditto the Rockefellers, etc etc.

Some rich people, however, apparently can’t get enough of politics, the last word in human insanity. The Koch brothers, some incomprehensible reason, wallowed in the absolute epitome of human mediocrity, the American Tea Party. Trump, who is by any standards a very low ranking billionaire, if that, has collected a rabble of evangelists, a cacophony of rednecks, and buffoonery of businessmen around him. It seems the rich don’t mind associating with scum, either.

Who you associate with says a lot about who you are. Like calls to like, scum calls to scum, and so on. You have to question the judgement, however, people who are running countries and corporations who associate with people like that.

Rich equals dumb, or just insane?

The old theory goes that mediocrities hire people even stupider than they are. Dumb hires dumber. Idiots hire morons. Criminals hire fall guys. This theory would explain the world rather nicely, if people weren’t paying so much money for it.

Of all people on Earth, the rich have the most to lose. Why would rich people want to live in a global sewer? Let alone a sewer full of diseases, nutcases, and “useful idiots”? They don’t need to do that. Can you be sane, and tolerate such utter stupidity?

This is a world made by bad calls:

  • World War I
  • The Great Depression
  • World War II
  • Soviet communism
  • The Cultural Revolution
  • Colonialism
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Fundamentalism of all kinds
  • Criminal corporations
  • Gun violence
  • Poverty
  • Religious corruption
  • Scientific corruption
  • Polarising politics
  • Land mismanagement
  • Ecological mismanagement
  • Environmental mismanagement
  • Ocean mismanagement
  • Health mismanagement
  • Education mismanagement
  • Infrastructure mismanagement
  • Financial mismanagement
  • Breakdown of rule of law tolerated by politicians around the world

This is a virtual inventory of all the major human issues which are absolutely critical for the existence of a civilisation. The chronic, systematic mismanagement is effectively anti-humanity.

… And the rich are OK with that? The only people who actually have a say in anything, aren’t saying anything. At all. About anything.

There may be a clue – Some years ago, Jamie Johnson, heir to the Johnson & Johnson group, made a video called The 1%. Johnson was astonished to find people reacting very badly to his questions, including his family.

One of his interviewees, in fact, even got disinherited, simply for talking to him. Not one of these people understood that the questions he was asking were exactly the questions his generation needs to ask.

If being rich is grounds for optimism, you need to read this. All is for the best in this best of all possible worlds, eh?

One thing that occurred to me was that these very rich people seem to be scared of something. What do multi-billionaires have to be scared of, you may well ask? Being a rich person can be very risky, but you can buy yourself some security. You don’t really have to put up with anything much when you’re that rich.

It doesn’t make a lot of sense that people who made their money out of making good calls can tolerate people making so many bad calls, particularly at their expense. Even the theory that you make money out of pharmaceuticals doesn’t help very much when most of your products are tangled up in lawsuits, many don’t work, and people simply can’t afford your products.

It’s lousy economics, and it’s worse business practice. Even in an ultra-materialistic (not to say totally vacuous) society, legal, personal and corporate suicide isn’t necessarily the best option. It cannot possibly be any kind of mystery to people who have direct access to any information they want that global mismanagement is now all that is happening.

Would you have to be insane to accept this situation? Yes. In clinical theory, anything which is anti-personal survival is irrational. Even if you happen to be one of the very naive people who believes in exterminating the poor and replacing them with artificial intelligence and robots, supporting a situation which guarantees your own extermination is not particularly intelligent.

Brave New World is about a stagnant,, class-based society which does nothing and goes nowhere. You may be an Alpha, but that’s compared to idiots.

It is well known that rich people are very much like junkies. They are basically money addicts, needing more to get a high every time. That’s not news. The best description of this phenomenon is something like “status masturbation”; it’s harmless among underachievers, but very dangerous among the very rich. It is a type of obsessive compulsive disorder, taken to extremes.

… Which is all very nice, but when it comes to destroying the planet and humanity, nobody has to put up with it. During the French Revolution and the Russian Revolution, the rich were immediately attacked, and effectively destroyed. There is absolutely nothing to prevent a similar outbreak, anywhere on Earth, anytime in future. It is quite impossible that the rich could be unaware of that situation, either. As it is, they are inevitable targets for extortion, blackmail, and any other hobbies that criminals might find interesting. If an entire society goes on the rampage, however, things could get a lot worse, very quickly.

Forms of insane

So why antagonise the entire human race? Arguably the only people on Earth hated more than politicians are rich people. The rich are seen as controlling the politicians, and therefore responsible for everything that goes wrong.

The fact that so many very rich people try to help doesn’t have much of an impact. Charity from the rich is seen as an obligation, not as a personal contribution. The rich as a class are seen as the problem, rather than role models or aspirational goals. Celebrity culture, the bargain bin discount version of being rich, is also an antagonistic image to most people. Flaunting wealth is a very good way of annoying people. People naturally want what they don’t have, and reminding them that they don’t have it is not a good move.

Is it insane to antagonise the entire human race? Probably. Showing off is very cute among very young kids, but among adults, it is considered very poor taste, actually offensive. Yet, with a sort of maniacal glee, it happens every single day of the week. At the same time, not one single attempt at solving any of the real human problems is made.

I was reading a thing in the New Yorker the other day about a public relations consultant who advised Margaret Thatcher. This job could be said to be very much like advising a house brick, yet the public relations consultant was full of admiration for Thatcher, and her non-existent ideals and achievements. I suppose that happens when you’re in public relations; you create the image, and then you have to believe in it.

The rich are creating an almost unbelievably negative image for themselves. No good can possibly come of it. I’m not saying that you could instantly make the rich popular with some sort of hand out or give away, but shutting up would be an extremely good idea. Supporting obviously incompetent political idiots is also something that can be stopped pretty easily. Worth a thought? Because doing nothing really would be insane.

 

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