The modern music scene and the basic income guarantee

Modern music is eminently forgettable (if you’re lucky; if not, it’ll keep buzzing round in your head driving you crazy). Compare this to the oldies: the artists had no food, unless they made something worthwhile to enough people (excluding the record company’s short-sighted accountant). To put it in the words of the world famous David Gilmour: “Bread-line. Bread-line and less.” The concept is driven home very beautifully by Clarence Carter’s Patches:
Some great music that came forth from personal tragedies:
The death of Paolo Conte’s friend Max:
The singer Frank Boeijen finding out that a girl he used to go to s hool with, has become a prostitute:
The specter of nuclear annihilation has produced some popular songs, too: and:
Of course I wish everybody could live a life without tragedies, yet sometimes the tragedies happen, and the people affected by them produce something worth remembering. A bit a la Toynbee’s Challenge/Response, but on the individual level.
The basic income will remove incentives, smoothen everything out so there will never be exceptional people, arising from exceptional circumstances, meaning that the #BasicIncome is a crime against the human condition.


Wouldn’t it be great

Wouldn’t it be great if Amazon, Smashwords, Lulu, Brave New Books and Kobo (Barnes and Noble…) etc. would accept payments in cryptos? So they could pay out in cryptos too (only for indie-authors, I guess it would be too big a step for publishers to convert their whole business to support cryptocurrencies; after all, they have staff, services & suppliers to pay and they would likely just want some of the national currencies). For indies it would be easy; just set up a wallett, list it as an option besides your regular bank account number and you’re done; you could do with those crypto coins what you like;
keep them in the wallett as an investment;
convert them to the national currency;
there are actually increasing amounts of stores (also selling legal stuff) that accept bitcoins.

Basic slavery

If the basic income would get introduced, that would (in my humble estimation) lead to Soviet-style slavery to get the dirty jobs done (aka the Gulag),because there would be no possible (financial) incentive for people to do the unpleasant jobs, like building tall buildings. That’s how the Soviets ended up with the tall baracks complexes (“Apartment buildings”). They had Gulag slaves to dig the uranium out of the mines, they also used slaves to cut down trees in order to get the wood that was the premier Soviet export commoddity.


I don’t entirely agree: the arms-industry (whether domestic or foreign) produces weapons that (whether high or low tech) ARE job-killers, because the warfare-state kills not only soldiers / foreign citizens, but also kills the economy, because wars cost enormous amounts of resources (both financial and material), but create nothing (not counting overflowing cemeteries as creations, for the sake of the argument)

The root of it vs desperate patching


Basically, what Paul Krugman is saying in that column, is, that it’s silly to rely on government for social services for the elderly. But instead of yanking the problem out by the root, and letting citizens arrange their own entitlements, Krugman calls for desperate patching of the demographic problems, by inviting more people into the country. I’m not opposed to people moving into an area (even if that area is in a different city, or even country), but Krugman’s approach is just to push the problem forward, causing future generations to having to handle their own (much worse?) demographic issues. This demonstrates the problem innate to Krugman’s economical theory: Keynesianism, which does the exqct same thing, but not with people, but with the economy (so: yes, with people).

Surely, there’s an easy argument to be made for curing the problem right now and removing government from this equation (statelessness would be ideal, but simply banning government from this role will perform miracles)

The Bridge – spoiler warning

If yu ‘re watching the warlier episodes of “The Bridge” you might want to postpone reading this post until after episode 7.

I’m currently watching “The Bridge” on Netflix. It’s a good show about the investigation into a murder victim being found exactly on the Danish – Swedish border on the ├śresund bridge, this being investigated by a team of detectives from both countries.
After some time, a bus with of school children gets kidnapped, and the perpetrator promises to kill one child for every demand of his that’s not met. He demands that five businesses are set on fire because they profit from child labor.
Of course, anyone in their right mind will applaud chiod,labor: because a child working in a sweatshop is a child not working the streets or in a brothel.
Read studies on sweatshops, like “Out of Poverty: Sweatshops in the Global Economy” (Cambridge, 2014)

which indicate sufficiently clearly that sweat shops offer the highest salaries in the region and that people there would rather receive higher wages than more vacation time or other similar luxuries, at least: that’s how the people themselves feel, when asked. Of course, their wishes are subservient to the wishes of western do good-activists.