Money can be like an energy, fueled by the desire to make a mark in the world, to create products and experiences that are loved and shared. In a discussion of his experiment in an online forum, CK describes what he’d do with outsized profits: (a) buy a home and (b) reinvest in future creative projects. This is a more common sentiment among the Wilt Chamberlains of the world than is widely understood. If CK’s Beacon Theater performance continues to sell, he might enter the ranks of the top 1% by AGI on the strength of digital downloads alone. He wouldn’t necessarily be there permanently — a notion he alludes to in his set when he jokes about living differently from his audience members for the next 18 months or so — but of course that is true of many top earners, who enter the top 1% when they experience a particularly flush year and then drop out (though I suspect they generally don’t fall very far).
On Louis CK, the Future of Media, and How We Feel About Money and Corporations - By Reihan Salam - The Agenda - National Review Online
Oh, intentionality! National Review tries to cast Louis CK as a conservative because he said money can be like an “energy” fueled by creativity and will. They see that statement as akin to fictional Gordon Gecko’s “greed is good” speech.
Louis CK’s original statement embraces something far wider than capitalism’s notion of money. Furthermore, in a follow-up statement (at the same page as one linked above), Louis CK states:
I never viewed money as being “my money” I always saw it as “The money” It’s a resource. if it pools up around me then it needs to be flushed back out into the system.
While he’s investing some money into future projects and for himself and his kids, he picked five charities to split $280,000. Though you can interpret that as a form of tax sheltering, it sounds very far from what Gordon Gecko would do with his million.
I just find it funny that when someone makes a name for himself with his tight craft and a creative way to market it, everyone wants to claim the person and his achievements as their own. Either that or conservatism has run out of its heroes, judging from the candidates fielded by the GOP.
Intentionality be damned. When you find success, get ready to be everyone’s figurehead, your words twisted and forged into their credo.