Dead Souls: more shitty rich people

I read Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol recently, and found it quite agreeable, as the narrator would say. The story features an enigmatic land owner named Chichikov, who, at the beginning of the story is a stranger in town who everyone finds intriguing. He travels around to all the landowners in the area, and attempts …

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Knowledge is power–that’s why it’s so expensive

In America, you have to pay lots and lots of money to get an education. So much so these days, that if you aren't born well off, it's pretty prohibitive. The steadily rising costs of education could be seen as the natural end result of a capitalist society--a product in demand will rise in price. …

Money, the root of all pains

If only we could live without it. I never have had fantasies of being rich and powerful, just of being free to follow my interests and not have my energy monopolized by merely surviving. Why, with all our technology and resources, are we still having the majority of people in our society wasting their lives …

Power causes brain damage

This article explains a lot about current situations in some governments... I wonder if this could be prevented in anyway... there always has to be some people in power. Though some seem to handle it better than others. It is depressing that even such a small amount of power has a measurable effect. If I …

Time stopping powers

Very often, unusually often probably, I wish I could stop time and just sit and read or write all day. Now I wonder why our world is such that I need to imagine fantastic powers for myself, just in order to read all day... In the future, unless things change, even when we have robots …

Alternate Worlds: in which the lottery is mandatory and the winner is either bankrupted or has all debt cleared

Every day a random identifying number is drawn, and the citizen selected has their wealth neutralized. If they have a positive net worth, the excess is taken and put into the lottery's pool. If they have a negative net worth, the balance is cleared using funds from the pool. In this world, anyone could instantly …

It’s the end of the world as we know it

I don't feel fine, though. Is this why old people are so bitter? I'm not even 40 yet, what is going on! I'm writing rambling, angry posts about the world instead of about writing... Our freedom, health, and human dignity¬†is being attacked on all sides by the grossly rich and powerful. And now, in the …