My brain has just transmitted a superior idea! It is: A book for
children of rich parents, basically bundling in one
place a thousand things to badger their parents about–
a sort of applied-Marxism fakebook.
"And you KNOW that this HOUSE is built with ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT
labor, and that lowered its price but not its value, which
makes you an economic THIEF who then turns around and
invests money into DOW and MACDONALDS and all these corporations
which means you're LOANING them the money they need so
they can keep KILLING OUR SOULS and WRECKING the planet,
which WE will have to
clean up the mess once you're all DEAD and then YOU— YOU!?—
wonder why I'm not 'responsible' about using the MasterCard
to buy those three plasmascreens on Friday? YOU spent EIGHTY
grand last year redoing the kitchen so it looks like
an icy HI-TECH MORGUE and speaking of which, your 'ORGANIC'
porkchop, in Fridge Pod 7 there, is still 'farmed' under conditions which..."
See, it just writes itself. Or just transcribe KPFK
or something; or look at Adbusters and
look at the absolute bitterest stuff, and email the authors
and ask if they want to contribute to a volume about "Hey,
if you were a kid who whose parents..."
Fun demi-fact: I dimly remember it being said that
Dow Chemical slowly ended up relenting on at least some
of their more horrid deeds because every damned
Thanksgiving/Ixmas when their
VPs would go back home, their younger relatives would
treat them, in the many possibly ways, as if their job
at Dow were a job buying
black market babies and harvesting them for their marrow.
So I say, there's is a wide-open book market there.
If I recall right, Ayn Rand tried a variant on that: a
whole thing about
basically "you owe NOTHING to anyone!!" (i.e., be on the make,
24/7, even, or at least, among family). But that one grand
idea of hers got buried under even grander ones– as far as I know. I'm not going
to read her crap to find out! But millions have, and that means
they crave something– so give it to them!
And at least a chapter in this could be about how the
Baby Boomers pat themselves on the back about being
socially progressive but in reality this means
that they switched "negro" to
"African-American"; and that they are "cool with gay people" [forced smile], but
which never let that have the slightest effect on how they
vote, much less raised their kids;
or that religious baby boomers aren't
feeding the poor
and demanding pacifism from the government, but
instead are giddily complicit with every Jesus-engorged
to keep the US a massive hamfisted military empire that
opposes every whisp of civil liberties, even at home,
all in the name of Southern Baptist hegemony...
Like I say, it writes itself.
Maybe call it "The Lamest Generations",
or "The Generations of Failure"–
and run with it;
and use the Antoinette thing, at the very least, as a