Careerism is an ugly word, but it is also a subtle form of temptation. So, what’s your price? ¶ As detailed in the link below, The United States of America has now been found to have fallen to the organized-crime mob of citizens who work for the security state. They have sold the rest of us out for a paycheck. I’m stunned. The protectors have become the perpetrators. And the evidence is huge. Friends, please read and ponder the evidence to be found in this very credible article from NYTimes by Philosopher Peter Ludlow .
Queue music: “Money Can’t Buy You Love” by The Beatles.
Text: What is “smart” and how does it fit our consciousness
Which, of course, brings us to that common capitalist question: “If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich?” There is something abhorrent about this query. Of course, Mukesh Ambani is super-smart, but so was Jagadish Chandra Bose, who invented wireless communication at least a couple of years before Guglielmo Marconi, who received the Nobel prize for the breakthrough (It is now established that Marconi met Bose in London when the Indian scientist was demonstrating his wireless devices there, and changed his research methods after that meeting). Bose also invented microwave transmission and the whole field of solid state physics, which forms the basis of micro-electronics. Bose’s contributions are all around us today, from almost every electronic device we have at home to the most powerful radio telescopes in the world. But he steadfastly refused to patent any of his inventions, or to license them to any specific company. Some 70 years after Bose’s death, the global apex body, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, officially acknowledged Bose to be the father of wireless communication.
In fact, that smug question about smart and rich is actually a stupid one. There is no natural correlation at all between smartness and wealth, or even career success. I doubt whether any great poet ever made much money. Van Gogh sold only one painting in his entire lifetime. How many great Indian authors are rolling—or ever rolled—in the dough? Instead, all of us can possibly name at least one truly talented writer/creator in our mother tongue who died in penury or committed lengthy frustrated alcoholic suicides. Ritwik Ghatak instantly comes to mind. Smartness and academic success? Of course, we have the Amartya Sens and the V.S. Ramachandrans, but one can draw no definite conclusions. Not by a long shot. Tagore couldn’t stand school and had less than a year of formal education.
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In fact, most of the wealthy in the USA did not become that way from hard work and intelligence. They inherited their family wealth.
The six Walmart heirs have wealth equivalent to that of the 30 Million lowest earning Americans. 6 = 30,000,000 people.
The founders were dead set against massive wealth accumulating in a few hands and strongly advocated for inheritance taxes of 50% to help prevent that from happening.
Thanks for commenting here. Today I’ve shared your comment at another blog I visit – that of editorial cartoonist Tom Toles, of Washington Post, here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/tom-toles/post/the-almighty-nsa/2013/06/18/335586fe-d83f-11e2-9df4-895344c13c30_blog.html
NOTE: they have recently put up a paywall. But if you avoid reading articles and just visit the blog, it appears still to be free admission.