The Magic Money Tree

‘Modern Monetary Theory’ is a startling paradigm shift which seems to be gathering some influential followers. It’s a favorite of new radicals like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Jeremy Corbyn (who, I guess is actually an old radical, in that he is old, and also an OG-radical from the ’80s.)

See here, and here (I don’t usually link Business Insider stories, because they have always felt a bit ‘click-baity’, but the bullets here are pretty succinct)

Sounds like with the money taps on full power, wealth will be continuously evaporating and only those with the most IQ at their disposal (mostly synthetic) will be able to continuously resupply. I suppose if with UBI we have a floor that stops the poor falling too low, then this would be a seething, volatile, boiling layer of potential breakouts making end-game runs to off-planet style mega-wealth…

I like terrestrial real estate, as a long-term investment; the concept of land ownership goes further back than money, 6K BC vs 600 BC (coins), so it might survive a deeper peeling back of social niceties post-catastrophic collapse. I also see the economy needing stable reserves of value other than Bitcoin to regulate the volatility of all that cash perpetually transpiring up, and sublimating off, the Magic Money Tree.

Toxoplasma corporatii lifecycle

We are food for the corporations’ larval stages!!!

This is absolutely insane! Corporations (founded by entrepreneurs) owe their existence to a cat crap parasite?!!*&!!
…it sounds like an episode of @RickandMorty !

“Risky business: linking Toxoplasma gondii infection and entrepreneurship behaviours across individuals and countries”

OK, maybe I am hyping the article a bit, but still, infected humans are nearly twice as likely to start a company!

An army of powerful psychopaths

“Assholes: A Theory. Formally
stated, “The asshole (1) allows himself to enjoy special advantages and
does so systematically; (2) does this out of an entrenched sense of
entitlement; and (3) is immunized by his sense of entitlement against
the complaints of other people.”
“Offices and corporate environments
are crazy-making. The air is weird. You’re working within a structure
that has no moral compass and can only measure things like money, and
not things like proportion of staff who can still feel happiness or
percentage wanting to kill yourself in a staff meeting. There’s that
girl who’s on a diet but insists on bringing everyone cupcakes and
watching them eat the cupcakes no really I insist ha ha ha ha ha.
There’s the guy who runs in to work and leaves his sweaty bike shorts
under his desk where their moist funk exudes a mist that occludes his
office windows. Everyone’s mad” 

The environment is disturbingly familiar…

“According to psychologist Robert
Hare, about one in 100 members of the general population meet the
criteria for psychopathy. A lot of those are working in corporate

…and the conclusions ring worryingly true.

“But if you are a socio/psychopath, you’re in luck! The
numbers don’t lie! You’re more likely to do well in a corporate
environment! Which is the kind of doing well that sociopaths LOVE THE
MOST! Being a sociopath or a psychopath is not quite as good a roll of
the dice in terms of statistical likelihood of corporate success as
being born white in an upper middle-class family, but it’s a decent
boost. And remember you can be both!”