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William S. Burroughs - What Keeps Mankind Alive?

No-one ever made an honest buck off the sweat of another man's brow. At best, all fortunes come from fraud and exploitation, at worst from war and pillage and bloody murder. To some degree you can sidestep that with art and sports, salve your conscience that at least it's not you perpetrating a dishonest system. Not directly at least. One thing above all else is certain: those who rise to the top are the worst of us, blind crippled monsters with only the withered vestiges of humanity left in their shadows.

Mankind is kept alive by bestial acts. So said Berthold Brecht and Kurt Weill, and believe me when I say that unlike some today they were not endorsing this as a strategy. You ever see someone who is proud of their ability to make "tough decisions", run like hell. Sick fucks like that think the world is made in their own image, and when it proves not to be they do their damnedest to make it so.

Here's William S. Burroughs reciting What Keeps Mankind Alive? from The Threepenny Opera.

William S. Burroughs - What Keeps Mankind Alive?