Ode to imaginary wealth

November 19, 2015 § 25 Comments

Roses are red

Violets are blue

I’m no poet

But I’ll inflict this on you.


They confuse us about usury

by treating a personal guarantee

as if it were their property

and charging us a rental fee

now this is modern slavery

which rests on unreality

that banks turn into currency

for paying your transaction fee

or taxes on your property


Those Vogons have got nothing on me.  I blame this on Bonald.



§ 25 Responses to Ode to imaginary wealth

  • John K. says:

    As soon as the notification for this post showed up in my inbox I knew what to expect.

    Now all we need is a tune to sing this to, and a posse of attractive young women to film themselves doing so.

  • Peter Blood says:

    It’s America! Make Money Fast!
    Buy Now, pay later
    Credit Card? Bring it
    Suck it, Dave Ramsey
    Debt Driven Wealth,
    It’s the New Dimension of Unreality

    It’s America! Make Money Fast!

  • Peter Blood says:

    Verse 2:

    It’s America! Make Money Fast!

    Chapter 11 at the door
    Saved by Clean Slate
    Suck it, Zippy Catholic
    You can spend into prosperity
    Who is this guy named Sisyphus?

    It’s America! Make Money Fast!

  • Peter Blood says:


    We don’t love money
    Just the things it buys
    Jews deliver the goods
    A Master Race for our Golden Age!

  • Peter Blood says:

    Final verse:

    It’s America! Make Money Fast!

    New Car, Bling It
    Cash out the Equity
    I love Janet Yellen
    GDP to infinity and beyond
    What is this thing called inflation?

    It’s America! Make Money Fast!

  • CJ says:

    In light of this, all of your anti-torture writings are so much hypocrisy.

  • Zippy says:

    No terrorist can withstand the ministrations of my poetry for long.

  • Mike T says:

    No terrorist can withstand the ministrations of my poetry for long.

    I bet you had a track on the mix tape they blasted at Noriega when they were trying to force him to abdicate.

  • c matt says:

    it flows pretty well if you set it to “modern Major General”

  • Zippy says:

    I’m thinking of that obnoxious Eminem song that they use in the Despicable Me movie. It should be a rap, if it is supposed to appeal to modern culture. We’d have to change up the lines a bit, maybe make multiple ‘verses’ or passes through the rap with just the last line changing. Four lines at a time would fit the rhythm.

    That would show them that we mean business.

    I’m still trying to figure out how to include links to my posts in an .mp3 file.

  • Zippy says:

    The “refrain” from this little horror:

  • Peter Blood says:

    No comment on my Magnum Opus? You were my inspiration, Zippy!

  • Zippy says:

    Peter Blood:

    Between the two of us we’ll find some cultural relevance. That’s what natural alphas do.

  • Cane Caldo says:

    Zippy has linked favorably to an Eminem song; albeit damned with feint (stet) praise.

    Does our strange symmetry of agreement know no bounds?

  • Zippy says:

    “Favorably” perhaps missed the irony of the whole exercise, and its genesis in the linked post.

  • Cane Caldo says:

    Ha! Perhaps.

    But you still wrote a poem and then suggested it be set to tune in the musical stylings of one Marshall Mathers.

    The thing is: You knew the ”ee” “ee” “ee” etc. cadence in the chorus.

  • Zippy says:

    I also know what a ‘Minion’ is.

  • Zippy says:

    If we want to get all serious, there is always this.

  • Cane Caldo says:

    From the article, this:

    In fact, to read through most rap lyrics is to wonder which adults or political constituencies wouldn’t take offense. Even so, the music idols who point the finger away from themselves and toward the emptied-out homes of America are telling a truth that some adults would rather not hear. In this limited sense at least, Eminem is right.

    Reminded me of this:

    There is plenty of cynicism, crassness, etc. in the posts, let alone the comments. I’m not going to play apologist for language, style, etc. But there are important social truths – critical even, especially for parents who have sons – backed by fact, on sites like that, which are not being stated anywhere else.

  • Scott says:

    The second worst poetry in the galaxy.

  • William Luse says:

    I’m no poet

    But I’ll inflict this on you.

    I will concede that it is in fact poetry. But that is all.

  • Zippy says:

    As far as that goes, I probably see “Christian Rap” and “Christian Game” as approximately as authentic as each other.

  • alcestiseshtemoa says:

    Zippy, in your opinion is bookkeeping (recording of financial transactions and is part of the process of accounting in business) a good subject to study as part of a job training course?

    This job training course I’m about to embark on is not focused on banking and finance, but it’s about being a (general) personal assistant and helping out managers at any business (the business can be about medicine, law, engineering, construction or something else).

    Transactions include purchases, sales, receipts, and payments by an individual person or an organization/corporation. Should I know about managing them, or not? Thanks for your help. Awaiting your response.

  • Zippy says:


    I don’t really give advice or try to help people make specific prudential moral or career decisions. Here I mostly talk about principles, or genericized concrete situations as a basis for discussion of principles; although the theme is really ‘whatever Zippy feels like blogging about’ and doesn’t follow any implicit or explicit mission statement.

    But I can’t imagine that bookkeeping is any more morally problematic than all sorts of other things: driving a taxi, working at a hotel, etc. And it can certainly be an enriching and interesting thing to learn for someone who has the right personality and aptitudes for that sort of work.

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