“My question to Bernie Sanders supporters: When someone in Bangladesh observes your lifestyle, it seems as incredible to them as that of the 1% seems to you. Why are they not entitled to help themselves to your things, the way you consider yourself morally entitled to help yourself to the goods of the American rich? In your answer, avoid moral irrelevancies like national borders; can we tolerate inequality just because it’s cross-border?
Extra credit: Take a picture of yourself divesting yourself of most of your goods in the name of global equality.” – Tom Woods
“It is utterly clear to me that the highest priority need of world society at the present moment is a realistic economic accounting system which will rectify, for instance, such nonsense as the fact that a top toolmaker in India, the highest paid of all craftsmen, gets only as much per month for his work in India as he could earn per day for the same work if he were employed in Detroit, Michigan.” – Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth – Buckminster Fuller
“You’ve got simultaneous epidemics of obesity and starvation. Explain that one!” – Nix (Tomorrowland)
One of the biggest complaints I hear from people is about “Our jobs going overseas.” This frustrates me to no end. The facts are if your job is exportable then you do not own the job. Who does your check come from? If you are not the owner/operator of the company, you haven’t created your job. If you didn’t create the job then it is not yours to complain that it is leaving. Complaining about things like that show a small view, not a world view.
People who complain about “their jobs” leaving are also probably the same people who complain about paying taxes and complain excessively about whichever political group that opposes their group. They are also likely people who complain excessively about not having enough money, because they are complainers. These types of people will complain about literally anything that comes their way. They are complainers, not doers.
The funny thing about these people is that they will make a big point about “buying American” verbally but if you look around their house I bet most of the stuff is NOT made in America. They will complain that it’s too hard to check everything they buy. I would say if they took all the time they spent complaining about it and took some action to fix it, they wouldn’t have the “problem” as they see it.
The facts are that exporting of jobs allows us to have the material wealth we do. We don’t look at the harsh conditions in other countries. We are totally inwardly focused. If you are reading this your life must be pretty damn good. You have access to internet which means that you likely have access to running water and readily available food. You are also likely covered by some type of health insurance. Perhaps it’s a little expensive. Perhaps you can’t even afford a new Cadillac because you are paying to much for health insurance. That sounds tough. The fact is you aren’t likely dying from one of the Neglected Tropical Diseases or goiters.
If we are going to really waste our time being outrage about something it should be the fact that people are dying in other parts of the world while we drive Cadillacs to get our $5 lattes and complain that we have “high taxes” while watching football every Sunday.
On a more positive note according to Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth in 2001 1.1 billion of 6.1 billion (18%) people lived in extreme poverty whereas in 1981 1.5 billion of 4.4 billion (34%) people in the world were in extreme poverty. The positive note here is that there are fewer people in poverty now and the percent is also lower.
I see poverty as the biggest problem in the world because of all the things that derive from it. Setting a strict definition of poverty is tough but determining the effects of poverty is not as difficult.
The worst poverty is poverty of the mind, which is what I would say people who complain about “our jobs being shipped overseas” suffer from. To assume a victim mentality will assure that you stay in your current position. The poorest of the poor also suffer from poverty of the mind, but this is because of a lack of access to mentally stimulating materials as well as their focus on surviving! It’s hard to plan for your future when you are starving.
While we are debating our higher taxes or the “crazy” gun laws we feel the government is trying to put on us, we are neglecting the the 21,000-50,000 people who die each day due to starvation in the world. That’s 3x-6x as many as die in the USA each day from all causes!
So that’s my rant for the day #FirstWorldProblems
I don’t usually comment, but I have really been enjoying your articles Axel.
Thanks Joe. I’m making time to write a bit more. I am getting more and more frustrated with the world the more I’m involved with non-profits. One you might find interesting is cedar valley gearheads. Fixing cars to give to people. http://www.cedarvalleygearheads.org/ I am wondering why we (and I) am continuing to pile up riches while some people can’t afford a $2000 car. It’s pretty vital to getting a job around the Midwest at least. If we invest in others with time and money they should be able to thrive, helping our communities thrive. It’s tough investing time in others though. To truly help people you really need to get to know them and that takes time and can feel like work if you don’t choose to love them. Thanks for reading. Please feel free to share any of them if you are so inclined. Any way I can get my thoughts out there is great.
It’s a very good rant , you have your eyes open and the truth is we could see some of these facts if we chose to look around or do some internet fishing. My grandmother always said ‘ there is always someone worse off ‘ when she had problems but she always got the answer yes but there is always someone better off. Wealth is a relative thing just like most other things. They aren’t doing many heart transplants in Africa but it might be inhumane to suggest we should reallocate the money spent on complex surgery to improving the hygiene among the impoverished.
The new Hadron Collider cost billions but it may discover the secret of dark matter , perhaps the money would have been better spent building coastal defences from climate change.