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1 BusyMonster  Sun, Jan 26, 2014 8:12:42am
Thomas Perkins, the super-wealthy venture capitalist who once owned the largest private yacht in the world as well as multiple mansions, penned a letter to the editor to the Wall Street Journal this week about how scary it is to be part of the 1%, so scary it brings to mind how the Jews must have felt in Nazi Germany.

No, Mr. Perkins, this is how Marie Antoinette felt, overprivileged, without much reason for being so, and frightened that the people whose blood she was sucking might finally get up and flick her worthless ass off.

2 nines09  Sun, Jan 26, 2014 9:48:44am

One weeks work. Think if they had four years and a Nation under their control with them at the top.

3 palomino  Sun, Jan 26, 2014 10:41:23am

So Mr. Perkins sees Nuremburg Laws, concentration camps, gas chambers and genocide in the future for the wealthiest Americans? Such a comparison is absurd, and the man making it is an ignorant pig.

Yes, we all know how dangerous it is to be among America’s wealthiest. They get murdered more often, go to jail more often, don’t live long lives, are constantly persecuted, etc.

Oh, wait, none of that’s true…just more bullshit from America’s paranoid right.

4 Pie-onist Overlord  Sun, Jan 26, 2014 11:13:48am

re: #3 palomino

So Mr. Perkins sees Nuremburg Laws, concentration camps, gas chambers and genocide in the future for the wealthiest Americans? Such a comparison is absurd, and the man making it is an ignorant pig.

If he feared a guillotine that would make more sense historically.

5 subterraneanhomesickalien  Sun, Jan 26, 2014 12:03:33pm

Well those higher tax rates for this tool would probably lessen the probability that he or his progeny would be standing in front of a concrete wall with ten rifles pointed at their chest in some future catastrophic economic and political collapse by the existing democratic government of the United States, due to lack of funds.

So if I were he, I’d just take the less messy option.

And I have a question.

Is the devastation of a million lives through underhanded scheming with their money worse than the murder of a single human being? And is the same punishment that is sometimes meted out against the latter crime(death) a acceptable punishment for the former?

I mean that million loses everything they have , and yes some do in fact have their lives shortened due to lack of an ability to pay for medical treatment and cures. Which can lead to a much larger body count that the murder of one individual.

This isn’t meant by me to make an individual murderer into something inconsequential, murder is the taking away of another persons right to life on this planet, which is the most basic of all rights. I’m just trying to shine some light and give perspective to something that doesn’t cause the direct deaths of a million, but can cause the indirect death of many thousands. And to understand if that in fact is a equal or worse crime.

This is something I’ve been thinking about since the financial crash of 2008. And though I am anti-death penalty, I still can’t find myself being that forgiving of those that cause the torment and anguish of hundreds of millions of people through their own selfish scheming and greed, to go unpunished for that.

So what I’m asking is this: Is the guy that kills a man in a bar fight worse than the man who financially obliterates the lives of a million?

6 jamesfirecat  Sun, Jan 26, 2014 2:48:10pm

re: #5 subterraneanhomesickalien

Well those higher tax rates for this tool would probably lessen the probability that he or his progeny would be standing in front of a concrete wall with ten rifles pointed at their chest in some future catastrophic economic and political collapse by the existing democratic government of the United States, due to lack of funds.

So if I were he, I’d just take the less messy option.

And I have a question.

Is the devastation of a million lives through underhanded scheming with their money worse than the murder of a single human being? And is the same punishment that is sometimes meted out against the latter crime(death) a acceptable punishment for the former?

I mean that million loses everything they have , and yes some do in fact have their lives shortened due to lack of an ability to pay for medical treatment and cures. Which can lead to a much larger body count that the murder of one individual.

This isn’t meant by me to make an individual murderer into something inconsequential, murder is the taking away of another persons right to life on this planet, which is the most basic of all rights. I’m just trying to shine some light and give perspective to something that doesn’t cause the direct deaths of a million, but can cause the indirect death of many thousands. And to understand if that in fact is a equal or worse crime.

This is something I’ve been thinking about since the financial crash of 2008. And though I am anti-death penalty, I still can’t find myself being that forgiving of those that cause the torment and anguish of hundreds of millions of people through their own selfish scheming and greed, to go unpunished for that.

So what I’m asking is this: Is the guy that kills a man in a bar fight worse than the man who financially obliterates the lives of a million?

Quote from going postal seems appropriate…


“Do you understand what I’m saying?”
shouted Moist. “You can’t just go around killing people!”
“Why Not? You Do.” The golem lowered his arm.
“What?” snapped Moist. “I do not! Who told you that?”
“I Worked It Out. You Have Killed Two Point Three Three Eight People,” said the golem calmly.
“I have never laid a finger on anyone in my life, Mr Pump. I may be— all the things you know I am, but I am not a killer! I have never so much as drawn a sword!”
“No, You Have Not. But You Have Stolen, Embezzled, Defrauded And Swindled Without Discrimination, Mr Lipvig. You Have Ruined Businesses And Destroyed Jobs. When Banks Fail, It Is Seldom Bankers Who Starve. Your Actions Have Taken Money From Those Who Had Little Enough To Begin With. In A Myriad Small Ways You Have Hastened The Deaths Of Many. You Do Not Know Them. You Did Not See Them Bleed. But You Snatched Bread From Their Mouths And Tore Clothes From Their Backs. For Sport, Mr Lipvig. For Sport. For The Joy Of The Game.”
― Terry Pratchett, Going Postal


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