If You’re Dumb, You’ll Work for the Government

If You’re Dumb, You’ll Work for the Government by Bill Bonner – International Man

Editor’s Note: Today, we’re handing the reins to Doug Casey’s longtime friend Bill Bonner. Bill, who’s the founder of the Bonner & Partners research firm, penned a special essay recently… a rare, definitive solution for inequality. It’s one of his best pieces this year. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…


The ides of March are come.

Ay, Caesar, but not gone.

—Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

Readers frequently accuse us of being idol wreckers; tearing down without building up, criticizing wantonly while offering no constructive advice. They say we are unpatriotic, un-civic-minded, unhelpful, and un-American.

They allege that we must be part of some cynical order: The Brotherhood of Let-it-Be… or worse, some dark, satanic cult whose aim is to destroy all that is great and good in our Republic… by pointing out its idiocies, contradictions, and swinish behavior.

Often in the middle of the night, disturbed by allegations… deprived of oxygen, and slightly giddy from having had too many glasses of Malbec with dinner, we reconsider.

We imagine that maybe we should forsake our sniping brethren, cross over to the sunny side of the street, and begin making positive suggestions.

Then, in the light of day, we come to our senses and return to undermining the administration.

Flattering Lies

But today, we would like to introduce a few stray nuances… illustrate our position with some new information… and solve, once and for all, the problem of inequality in America.

First, trying to understand what is going on is hard enough. But expecting us to come up with solutions in addition is asking too much.

Connecting the dots requires you to stand back… away from your own self-interests, prejudices, and groupthink support network.

It is lonely, unrewarding, and unrelenting work—sniping at foolishness and conceit. Every day brings dozens of new targets. Pick up a paper and peruse the headlines; there’s hardly a single one that doesn’t deserve ridicule.

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