Eat the Rich
What the socialists/communists on Wall Street don’t get:
Walt Disney made a lot of money from Snow White, something my friend considers unfair. But then Walt and his brother Roy also took a lot of risk. Originally estimating that the movie would cost $250,000 to make, the final bill ended up at around $1.5 million. During the three grueling years of production, Walt was almost universally laughed at for his ambition, including by his wife and brother. In the industry the project was known as “Disney’s Folly,” in part because the studio quite literally had to invent most of the processes necessary for the production of a full-length animated film. It had never been done before, and he was banking the studio’s future on it turning out alright. Through sheer will and charisma, and the hard if skeptical work of his brother Roy, Walt managed to borrow enough money to realize his vision. And here is the kicker — Walt remortgaged his house to help pay for it.
I told my friend this in response to his appraisal, albeit in less detail. His response: “So? I’ve lost my house twice.”
What isn’t explained is how and why he lost his house. Did he lose it because he had mortgaged it to fund a business? Or could he simply not pay his bills. And, “risk” means that sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. The gambler doesn’t always win, but a capitalist hopefully has better odds.
The gamble can pay off, of course, but things aren’t so bad for those averse to risk; who take a job with steady benefits and pay. A teacher knows their salary and can plan accordingly. He or she may never fly to Martha’s Vineyard like the Obamas, but by living within their means, a cottage on the lake isn’t out of the question.
But, the kids protesting don’t understand all this. They want stuff, and they want it now. They partied through four years of college, and are ready for that payoff.
This is the life they imagine; how it should be:
I’ve been here for 12 days, and I’ve put on 5 pounds,’ he said, sitting on the ground in front of a handmade sign that said ‘Class War Ahead.’ ‘I’m eating better than I do at home.’
All he had to do was amble toward a ramshackle cluster of tables and boxes in the middle of the park and, without paying a cent, grab a slice of pizza or a warm slab of homemade vegan casserole. Last Thursday he had encountered ‘a bunch of Katz’s Deli sandwiches,’ he said. ‘That was good.’
And another protester:
Tom Hintze, 24, was volunteering in Zuccotti Park last week. ‘Just now there was a big UPS delivery,’ he said. ‘We don’t know where it comes from. It just appears, and we eat it.’
That’s exactly how it should be. Food and stuff should just arrive. College should just be free. Debt should just go away.
You can eat the rich today, but then what will you have tomorrow?