Diamond founder and person who makes all of his money off the creativity of people poorer than him Steve Geppi took to Facebook today to complain about people who complain about income inequality. Using excerpts of what he calls a "brilliant" and "accurate" essay originally penned by Bob Lonsberry, the man whose fortune is the direct result of cronyism as America's largest comics publishers conspired to create a distribution monopoly so that they can force direct market retailers to shoulder the entire burden of unsold inventory, agreed that:
Success and failure usually manifest themselves in personal and family income. You choose to drop out of high school or to skip college – and you are apt to have a different outcome than someone who gets a diploma and pushes on with purposeful education.
You have your children out of wedlock and life is apt to take one course; you have them within a marriage and life is apt to take another course. Most often in life our destination is determined by the course we take.
My doctor, for example, makes far more than I do. There is significant income inequality between us. Our lives have had an inequality of outcome, but, our lives also have had an in equality of effort. While my doctor went to college and then devoted his young adulthood to medical school and residency, I got a job in a restaurant. He made a choice, I made a choice, and our choices led us to different outcomes. His outcome pays a lot better than mine. Does that mean he cheated and Barack Obama needs to take away his wealth? No, it means we are both free men in a free society where free choices lead to different outcomes.
In the ensuing comments slapfight, Geppi, whose company controls basically the entire distribution system of comics in the United States, complained that liberals have an unfair advantage in the media:
I respect you right to disagree Damon, but if you have an opinion that differs, I would appreciate you posting it on your Facebook page, not mine. I am not interested in hearing about "polemic", as you say, attacks on "poor Obama" on my page. I have aright to believe what I believe to be true about this administration and the left wing liberal agenda, so I post what I know to be true in my life experience. To accuse me of "contributing" to the decrease in the value of discourse in this country, is very insulting, and condescending, because I do care a great deal about that! Just because I choose to post my beliefs on my page and you don't agree, doesn't give you the right to insult me on in front of my Facebook friends, so I don't appreciate your having done so. Liberals get enough help from the media already without having to use my real estate!
Geppi, whose distribution monopoly enables Marvel and DC to churn out endless gimmick-based garbage to dwindling readership with no economic repercussions because they control the entire market, complained via quotes from the essay that Obama "seeks a lowest common denominator society in which the government besieges the successful and productive to foster equality through mediocrity."
"It is a false philosophy to say one man's success comes about unavoidably as the result of another man's victimization," Geppi's quote continued, blissfully unaware of the irony of saying that while being a primary architect of a system that funnels billions of dollars to multinational corporations while leaving many of the artists who created the work they capitalize on destitute and reliant on GoFundMes to cover medical costs.
If you are a member of the second America, the one which Geppi feels consists of people who fail to "do their duty as Americans, obey the law, support themselves, contribute to society," you might consider purchasing your comics directly from indie creators or otherwise outside the Diamond direct market ecosystem.