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0:00 to 2:13
Welcome to the Daily Show.
Congratulations on a book that has made you the enemy of billionaires all over the world.
You are a foolish man. Why would you write a book that basically accuses billionaires of being like ‘fake good people’ as philanthropists. What does that even mean?
There was no good reason to do it except that it was true. You know, we live in this time – and I was thinking about when we were talking about the president because he is kind of an example of this. He had a fake foundation. They’re not all fake but we live in this time in which rich people… You can’t walk down the street in Manhattan or other parts of the country without bumping into a rich person who is trying to change the world. Right? Mark Zuckerberg is trying to change the world, Elon Musk is going to try and change the world, Jeff Bezos changing the world. They’re all changing the world. More money being given away that has ever been given away in the history of the word. Young people, all, you know, elite graduates, elite campuses, we want to go to Africa and start a social enterprise turning recycled poo into coffee.
With tow bags, Bono is involved, the red iPhone case you get for free. And the question is ‘why is that this era of extraordinary generosity which is real, happens to coincide with an era of extraordinary elite hording’? The very same class of billionaires and plutocrats who do so much to give and constantly talk about how much they give, have a monopoly on the future in this country. The one percent in this country takes 49% of new income. Half the new income and imagine half the new income of all this studio audience went to one person. Imagine, if another true statistic: The 0.1% (point one percent) owns more wealth than the bottom 80% of people in this country.
The bottom half of people in this country on average have not gotten a raise, as many of you may know, in 40 years.
And so the question then becomes ‘what’s the relationship between all this nice stuff elites do and this elite predation’? And the relationship that I discovered and I reported in this book was that it’s this nice, it’s these nice deeds, the sprinkling of these nice deeds, that help us uphold the system in which rich people can monopolize the future, horde progress, kill the American dream and not satisfied with that: They’re trying to kill the planet now, too.