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The first two years of my marriage were the opposite of hell — they were freezing cold. I was between jobs and my wife was a university student, and our landlord controlled the meager heat in our frigid, third-floor, mouse-infested apartment. Our car — purchased second-hand for $300 — didn’t have heat either, and every morning I scraped the ice off the inside of the windows with our overdue credit card, before driving Michelle to the bus stop.
I still shiver when I think about those horrible Canadian winter mornings.
The super-rich aren’t thinking straight.
10 billion people + water shortages + widespread poverty = ???
Everything points to Armageddon, or at the very least, multiple civil wars.
So what are the rich doing about it?
The elites aren’t stupid. Even if there’s a 5% chance of a major regional or global uprising in their lifetime, it’s worth allocating 5% to hedge their bets.
Leo Tolstoy’s last words have always struck a deep chord in me:
But the paupers… how do the paupers die?
I ask myself a similar question on a nearly daily basis: How do the poor live?
Because the math makes zero sense.
So how do the poor live? And where do the poor live?
Last week on LinkedIn, I saw this abhorrent post:
Imagine you’re given the option to play one of two games:
It’s the year 2021. You will start out by sharing a few hundred acres with a close-knit, self-sufficient community of 150 people who know you intimately. They will teach you all the life skills you need for free. Then, by contributing three or four hours of infinitely varied and interesting labor per day, you'll be able to directly meet all your needs for the rest of your life without the need for money or politicians or taxation, in a way that strengthens your body and improves the planet for…
In late 2018, NPR broke a story about how thousands of Swedes are inserting microchips under their skin to make payments without the need to carry a credit card.
British companies have already started micro-chipping employees. Bill Gates is funding a remote-controlled contraceptive microchip. Indonesia has debated forced implantation for sex offenders. Elon Musk is already implanting computer chips in pig’s brains.
Earlier this month, the Pentagon revealed it has developed a disease-detecting implant for under-the-skin monitoring of the human population. Their stated intention is to protect the populace from future outbreaks and pandemics.
In a twist not seen before…
Some of you are already rolling your eyes. Articles like this can easily come across as braggy and prideful, and ugly. You don’t care that I made $12,000+ in 100 days on Medium. And why should you? It’s only helpful if it helps you grow your own content marketing business.
Which is my exact goal with this story.
For subscribers who’ve been following my work for a while now, you know that I try to create ridiculously high-value content that’s well-researched and brutally honest, containing legitimately unique perspectives and original insights you won’t see anywhere else on the internet. …
“A change of pace + a change of place = a change of perspective.” — Mark Batterson
I had a Zoom call with a friend a few months back. He and his wife and kids usually live in a cramped New York City apartment but had relocated to his parents’ basement to ride out the pandemic.
He’d never been happier.
“My kids have a giant backyard to roam and my wife and I aren’t rubbing elbows at all times. We’re closer to family and we’re saving unbelievable amounts of money. I don’t think we’re ever going back.”
My friend’s not…
I hate advertising. It’s lazy and intrusive and generally ineffective. I use a strategy that’s blocked nearly three million ads in the past three years, and I’ve helped thousands of readers do the same. I believe ad-based platforms like Facebook and Instagram are dead, they just don’t know it yet.
And then there’s Ryan Reynolds.
The dude is a marketing genius:
I’m one of the 2.5+ million subscribers…
It’s five hours ahead of New York.
It’s eight hours ahead of Los Angeles.
Living in GMT is like starting work at 4 AM in a 9–5 world.