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Poem: "Gaming the System"

This poem came from the December 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from Shirley Barrette.  It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  You can read about Monopoly and Rich Uncle Pennybags online.


Gaming the System


Monopoly, like politics,
is all about consolidating power
through the gilded pipes of cashflow.

It's a housing bubble dressed up
in red and green plastic,
a top hat and a shiny car
but in the end
somebody always gets the boot.

Rich Uncle Pennybags
caught quite a windfall in 2008
with Citizens United
classifying money as "free speech"

but after eight years of Bush
and the Romney campaign,
American voters had heard enough of that.

Record amounts of campaign cash came out
and yet the people couldn't all be bought.
They sent the Republicans packing.
It was no surprise to their opponents
to hear that Romney cancelled the campaign credit cards
immediately after his concession speech.
Do not pass Go.
Do not collect $200.

There are still houses standing empty
and hotels without cars in front,
but people are finally
starting to wise up.

Infinite growth in a finite system
is the philosophy of the cancer cell.

In capitalism, as in Monopoly,
when the winner takes all ...

it's game over for everyone.

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e_scapism101 From: e_scapism101 Date: December 8th, 2012 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I like this quite a lot.
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