If we don’t pay people who do things that are necessary for society and continue to flush out posers in cash, the system cannot hold up.
$750,000 per post for a Tiktoker?
Recently, one of our Politics Done Right viewers thought he would mislead me. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t.
He sent me an excerpt from Fortune Magazine about Khaby Lame, the guy with the biggest TikToker fan base.
It’s 8:30 p.m. on a Friday night and the world’s most followed TikToker Khabane “Khaby” Lame is lying on the couch watching cartoons. The 22-year-old with 149.5 million TikTok followers spends three hours a day learning English from a Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood-animated series inspired Daniel Tiger. His goal: to master English to score roles in major Hollywood films. And so, old school helmet in place, the 1m80 star is lounging on velvety multicolored cushions in the Milanese apartment he shares with his manager, Alessandro Riggio, to kick off the weekend.
The viewer asked me if I thought Khaby deserved the money he made from TikTok. Of course, my answer was no. But in the Western capitalist structure, this is the modus operandi. A teacher works hard, decorates her class with her own money and receives a relatively modest salary. This guy makes cheesy videos that many like, including me, which makes him a conduit for big business to hire eyeballs who want his entertainment. The fact is, many 60-second videos that go viral can’t be compared to the lasting effects of teachers on our kids or good doctors on our health.
My objection is not the envy of wealth. It is the devaluation of real value. I often talk about the least deserving who earn the most money and the need for all affirm one’s worth.
Value in America must be recovered. Value must be consumed with what one produces for a society that provides intrinsic value. It is not at all difficult to verify. Absent the teacher, education stalls. In the absence of the engineer, bridges, buildings and computers are non-existent. Without doctors, we are not healed. Without scientists, we have no body of knowledge. In the absence of the capital movers, life goes on and the local banker who has a real interest in the community is reborn.
The indoctrination of America by a small class that provides no real product or service to the vast majority of our citizens must end. Americans must first visualize and externalize their real value to society. They have to let go of these chains of indoctrination. The middle class must not accept the current wage or wealth paradigm. The middle class must assert its worth and compel politicians to reclaim the nation’s treasury and invest it in America and Americans, those who have done the work and innovation to make this country great.
The TikToker making huge profits on corny videos is no different than stockbrokers and other paper sellers who do little to move society forward. Please listen to the entire video for more context.
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