Wednesday, January 09, 2019

"Economic Invincibility" takes content creators to task with "The Internet Welfare Mentality" after the Patreon/payment processor problems

“Economic Invincibility” (aka Martin Goldberg, apparently) gave a blistering videocast today “The Internet Welfare Mentality”, and he took the idea of "content creation" as a dependable or sustainable career to task. 

(Video has been marked unavailable -- as of Jan. 19.  I'll watch for a replacement.  In the meantime, watch this one which covers similar points toward the end at around 5:00 and then at 6:21, but being primarily about the government shutdown. Note the robust comments.)

I had suggested to him in a comment that he look at the Patreon / Payment Processor / “manifest observable behavior” problems. He sure did.

He seems critical of the idea of patronage, or expecting to make a living from it.  At some point, if you want to make policy, you need not view the world of politics as “beneath you” and run for office, or help candidates in a conventional way.   There are stories that EI does want to run for office soon.
He also is not very sympathetic to the idea of people (like Sargon of Akkad, etc) claiming they are “centrists” and lecturing people on meritocracy (which EI does himself), slighting the legitimate interests of minorities or specific groups (women especially) and expecting companies to be willing to carry them on forever as part of their “brands”.  According to EI, the people who want to hear a more identarian or collectivist message are much more numerous, and companies are responding to who they think makes up their consumer base.
“EI” would be very effective in office.  I hope he does a video on the “Wall” issue and the loss of pay for many federal workers.  Does he think people should crowdfund their salaries to show that libertarianis, works?
EI does note that “libertarianism”, as understood now, lets payment processors and platforms do what they want as to the political views they accept.  Of course, there is a question as to whether there is enough competition (the YouTuberLaw FTC anti-trust complaint).  EI compares this to employment at will, where discharge can happen with “no reason” (but not an illegal reason).
See also my Oct.15 video where he discussed similar concerns in 2017 and pretty much predicted today’s crisis with platforms and payment processors.
 My concern is the idea that you should not be allowed to speak for yourself, but ought to have your "skin in the game" with people who have specific needs and represent their need.  I don't like to let anyone be my voice or pretend that I am someone else's.  But I don't think EI does either.  Yet EI's post this time seems to hint that he feels his own column might not last forever.  But does anything? Our lives are finite, after all. 

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