The Bears Explain How The Rich Get Richer

Tyler Durden's picture

In an attempt to break the now ubiquitous narrative that "its all about income tax rates", and to challenge the ridiculous new support for QEternity; 'The Bears' that brought you 'The Bernank' are back. In this cartoon, they explain how the bailouts made people like Warren Buffett far wealthier than they should be and exposes who actually benefits from all this QE. The Bears, The Buff-ate, and The Bernank - simply perfect.



(h/t Omid Malekan)

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Lohn Jocke's picture

As the honorable Joe Biden would say: This is a bunch of stuff.

GetZeeGold's picture



I leased all my damn gold to those bears.....and now they won't give it back!


MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

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prains's picture



why do 400 americans own more capital than 150 million mericans?  and lazy is not an answer

Gully Foyle's picture


Some are born to money.

Some aggressively pursue money.

Look up Will to Power because that's the answer you are looking for.

NotApplicable's picture

"You'd have to be an idiot to repeat those mistakes'"

"An idiot, or an economist."


mkhs's picture

I thought the words were synonymous.

AldousHuxley's picture

How do rich get richer?

earn more than you spend.


Adjust your 401k and home equity "recovery" to inflation of gold, college education, healthcare, and dollar depreciation after adjusting for all applicable taxes most of you will realize that you didn't get any richer. So spend less. Learn to be happy with less.


Rich hate it when slaves say they are happy with what they have and no longer need anything else thus no longer need to work for the rich in a scam where most of the productivity profit goes to the capital owners who now with Fed have risk subsidized.


Also, here is a classic....rob someone richer.


prains's picture



i like your abrasive style and get a kick out of your posts but as a younger man in another life i read all of Nietzche's work and Will to Power

had some meat on the bone but IMHO I think you simplify the matter a bit too much. This disparity in wealth is more coordinated than a narcissistic pursuit of men in pursuit but then again I only swing a hammer to feed my family.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Whisper rumor that The Bears are launching their own hedge fund, with a focus on precious metals. When asked why they are doing so at this time at a press conference, they refused to confirm or deny, but did add that if they were to do so, it would all boil down to "Global Fiat CTRL+P."

Gully Foyle's picture


Dude, it takes about 100,000 hours of practice to become expert at something.

The majority of the GENPOP just don't have that type of commitment.

Same with dealing with wealth.

Damn near every lottery winner, and famous people who are thrust into the lifestyle unprepared, fall apart in some way shape or form. Lottery winners in particular fuck up big time.

I've read that the problem with most criminals is they prepare for the crime but not the aftermath. The Cocaine Cowboys documentary talks about how these Coke smugglers had som much money they buried it in the backyard in garbage bags.

Success resembles the Boy Scout motto of be prepared.

It isn't coordinated, it's the majority of people can barely manage their own lives. They program themselves for failure.

You are only seeing the stumbling blocks. Successful people see ways to avoid those blocks, or to take the least amount of damage.

exi1ed0ne's picture

100,000 hours, at 8 hours a day is 34ish years, so I think you are exaggerating a tiny bit.  Besides, expert is another word for deluded sense of self importance.  All the best mentors I've ever had consider themselves eternal students, and will gladly learn from anyone that adds to their knowledge.

SilverDOG's picture



You are speaking truth, to a high average of, shenanigan worshipping, semantic addicted.


Moderate your expectations. 

RSloane's picture awesome is it that you type in bold and address the person you are typing to in blue. Did you forget to change accounts again?

Gully Foyle's picture


You are correct I added a zero.

"Besides, expert is another word for deluded sense of self importance."

And that is ignorance.


SilverDOG's picture

Gully Foyle,

Copy and paste apple macbook and thus it is as such. I do not care that it does.

Interesting your assumption based perception however. As people see in others what they are themselves.

XitSam's picture

"Dude, it takes about 100,000 hours of practice to become expert at something."

Dude. 40 hours/week x 50 weeks/year = 2,000 hours per year

100,000 hours / 2,000 hours = 50

So at a reasonable pace, allowing for vacations and a family, someone that starts practicing a profession at age 20, can expect to become an expert at age 70.  Working weekends and evenings will reduce the age some of course.

FrankDrakman's picture

Gully just made a mistake. The original estimate was popularized in one of Malcolm Gladwell's books (Blink?), and it was 10,000 hours, not 100,000.

But what's an order of magnitude between friends?

jayman21's picture

Outliers was the name of the book.  10,000 hours usually takes about 10 years if you are focused.  The example of the Beatles was used to describe the fast track, less than 10 years.

AldousHuxley's picture

100,000 hours to become expert at somethign IF YOU ARE NOT TALENTED.



Gully Foyle's picture


I added a zero.

But what does that make someone with 100k hours of training?

Consider the machinist who had worked the same machine everyday of his working life. How natural and smooth his rythm must be.

BigJim's picture

100k hours of study/practice =/= 10k hours of study/practice * 10

It's called the law of diminishing returns.

FrankDrakman's picture

But what does that make someone with 100k hours of training?


Umh's picture

This is why being an expert at something is usually the result of an obsession or maybe sublimation. I don't know if it takes 100,000 hours to be an expert at some types of things, but I do know that if all you do is put in 8 hour days you will never become an expert in many fields.

U4 eee aaa's picture

Finally, a schedule I am actually keeping pace with :)

notadouche's picture

Dude I believe you added an extra zero, it should read 10,000 hours of practice if you believe Malcolm Gladwell.

prains's picture



sorry for my late reply but again you simplify your arguement to motive NOT method. 400 to 150 million is a discrepency that FAR exceeds motive of ambition etc  over method of manipulation. There simply are not 400 people so superior to 150 million people that they deserve the wealth in such huge separation from the many.THE DIVERGENCE IS TOO LARGE TO CLAIM SUPERIOR ECONOMIC/HEREDITARY GENIUS therfore it has to be methodically manufactured wealth discrepency. fuck its late

Bicycle Repairman's picture

But mostly they are born to it.  We're not talking about supermen here.

Gully Foyle's picture

Bicycle Repairman

No mostly they are not born to it.

Some are.

Some actually became successful through their own activities.

Did they capitalize on loopholes and cronyism? Certainly.

But so what?

Some people have those skills some don't.

Bicycle Repairman's picture

And sometimes it's luck.  And sometimes demographics help.

And yes they are mostly born to it.  America stopped being a meritocracy some time ago.  Our elite is largely an elite that inherited their position.  And the implications are not good for this society.

walküre's picture

Let's talk about skills.

The greatest inventions of all time were made by people who had great minds and a desire to create something new and different. They were driven pioneers that looked at a problem and found a solution. Most of these individuals are not remembered as the richest guy on the cemetery.

Today we are faced with a parasitic class of wealthy know nothings, unskilled and untalented idiots.

We are also still consuming oil and other commodities at a rapid pace, polluting the planet beyond repair and being taught to think in a good vs. evil, rich vs. poor, us vs. them one-dimensional spectrum.

Mankind could truly evolve beyond this SHIT and enjoy LIFE if it wasn't for the elite who measures itself in paper or electronic wealth and forces their way of thinking, their policies on everyone else. It's oppressive, it's regressive and it causing irreperable damages to the one and only planet we all have to share.


U4 eee aaa's picture

"Today we are faced with a parasitic class of wealthy know nothings, unskilled and untalented idiots."


That's not true. They are highly skilled at forming groups and committees that are themselves skilled at building high barriers to entry

walküre's picture

So was the French Aristocracy in their final stage. Didn't help them much because they couldn't relate to the people. The disconnect is obvious in America.

Gully Foyle's picture


"Mankind could truly evolve beyond this SHIT and enjoy LIFE if it wasn't for the elite who measures itself in paper or electronic wealth and forces their way of thinking, their policies on everyone else. It's oppressive, it's regressive and it causing irreperable damages to the one and only planet we all have to share."


Prove that. That is conjecture based on the illusion of a morally superior human.

walküre's picture

Give it a chance and time. We've had thousands of years going the opposite way and ending on a path that is clearly not sustainable. I refuse to believe that the pinnacle of human evolution is FIAT, debt, spy drones and a world powered mostly by combustion engines. Makes no sense to keep going that direction with 7 billion people and pushing 9 billion by 2030.

Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

I agree with what you're saying, Gully, but we then shouldn't be particularly surprised (or even dismayed) when the rich are inevitably eaten, regardless of arbitrary moral standing.  

Bicycle Repairman's picture

There are morally superior humans.  Unfortunately morality is an impediment when trying to get control of the pyramid.  So we are stuck with the Joe Biden's of this world.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

And some people have something called morals, and empathy for their fellow man...

prains's picture



"But so what" ????? are you not a capitalist??? does not the words  "fair" "honest" "exchange" mean anything to you, a capitalist?

NidStyles's picture

I read that book when I was 16, and it had nothing to do with what you are talking about. The Will to Power was a collection of notes, there was not a real book there. The notes however were mainly about self-empowerment and not relying on others.

Gully Foyle's picture


"The notes however were mainly about self-empowerment and not relying on others."

Where are all the Randians when you need them?

NidStyles's picture

Why don't you go ask one? If I were a Randian I would be able to tell you. Since I'm not and I'm able to stand on my own two feet, I can't tell you.

LoneCapitalist's picture

Show me a society where everyone has the same and Ill show you a society where everyone has shit.

walküre's picture

Show me a society where EVERYONE has shit.

Just one example will do.

The 400 vs. the 150 million is a powerful statement. Nothing can harm the 400 as long as the 150 million are complacent and accept the alleged wealth these 400 call their own as legitimate.

debt = wealth

Odious debt = odious wealth

LetThemEatRand's picture

It's classic black and white thinking.  Many ideologues here believe that any socialism equals communism equals totalitarianism.  So they run in this endless loop where they make statements that make no sense to those of us who are able to understand that the world is not about absolutes.  When we try to point out that there are actually ways to have both capitalism and socialism co-exist in a successful way (think Scandavia, for example), they call you names and repeat their platitudes and then up arrow each other.

Flakmeister's picture

Manichean thinking gives simple answers to complex questions for shallow minds....