Johanna Faust, a mixed race Jew, prefers to publish pseudonymously. She is committed: first, to preventing war, ecological disaster, and nuclear apocalypse; last to not only fighting for personal privacy & the freedom of information, but, by representing herself as a soldier in that fight, to exhorting others to do the same. She is a poet, always. All these efforts find representation here: "ah, Mephistophelis" is so named after the last line of Christopher Marlowe's Dr. Faustus, whose heretical success flouted the censor for a time.

TECH EXPERT TELLS ALL: Leading Visionary, Paid $$$$ For Presentation — To A Few Super Elites Who Want to Know How To Keep Power, Resources, After Inevitable Collapse

My description on Twitter of Mr. Douglas Rushkoff's excellent piece.

There's a story I read somewhere about a very wealthy man during the time of the bubonic plague, or Black Death.  He didn’t want to die or have to share his wealth with all the commoners, so he dismisses all the servants, locks his castle, and decides to go it alone.  Everybody in the town dies or flees, and he is alone.  One morning he hears a horrible sound and he looks out from the tower and he sees all the rats converging on his castle.

I wish I knew where I read that story.  I delayed this post trying to track down the source, to no avail.  But I decided to tell it anyway, because of how much I am reminded of it by the piece you are about to read (or listen to).

After I heard Mr. Rushkoff describe the Big Question to which these billionaires other little questions were leading — namely, How can one make sure the people one hires to guard one’s wealth stay loyal after The Event? (Nuclear war, grid implosion, pandemic, alien invasion, asteroid, what-have-you; they are sure The Event’s arrival is not an if but a when) — after I heard the question I remember saying, under my breath, “Well, you could try making friends with them!” 


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