“The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.” –Willem de Kooning
And when you are poor, you’re also more likely to do time. Welcome back to the good old days — Charles Dickens and Victor Hugo would feel right at home. Debtors prisons and cheap forced labor. How soon will they start to hang us for poaching rabbits and picking pockets once again? But no, once we’re dead, the cash flow dries up. So for the most part, they will keep us alive, barely. Unless and until we become expensive or inconvenient in any way. Then … losses must be cut. Human needs and human misery have no place in this equation. And this is what we’re calling justice. But then, we also call perpetual worldwide warmaking and warmongering keeping the peace.