I wish that, when artists gave their opinions on piracy and the RIAA and all that garbage, that they were required to answer one simple question beforehand:
How much are your grandparents worth?
I’m sick of hearing people talking about piracy as harmless when I strongly suspect that they are trust fund kids, to be blunt, and that it simply does not occur to them that some people in this world must quite literally earn every single red cent they will ever spend on themselves, by themselves. It’s very easy to be cavalier about your earnings when you don’t really need them.
It really bugs me that most of the people who make these free culture arguments will be totally open and honest about how their attitudes on race are influenced by the fact that many of them are white. Yet, they refuse to admit that their attitudes about money might just be influenced by the fact that their families are loaded.
The older I get, the less patience I have with hippy free-culture trust fund kids. The rest of us dare not deal with them, nor let ourselves be associated with them, nor take any lessons from them. We will starve. They will take chances with their finances, invest foolish amounts of money in ventures, and we will imagine that we can do the same. Then, when the venture goes south … suddenly a check from Grandpa appears and solves the problem. We can’t rely on that.
If you are from a poor or working-class family, never ever ever take your cues from people who are not. Their life lessons are not applicable to us, and we can’t use them. The risks and chances they take are only taken because, for them, they are not risky nor chancy. These people are living their lives with training wheels. In the old-school comment, they were born on third base and think they hit a triple. We can’t learn how to get to third base from watching them.