In other words, the tech sector doesn’t have to be the poster child of inequality’s abuses. It could actually be a role model. Take just one potential remedy as a thought experiment. Let’s say we decided as a society that no private company should have a pay ratio above 40:1. That would lead to a radical decrease in income inequality, and it wouldn’t involve a cent of additional taxes. Every private company would be allowed to keep the exact same portion of its income. The government wouldn’t be extracting money out of the private sector; it would just put some boundaries on the way the private sector distributes its money internally. Critics would scream that such a dramatic intervention would be terrible for business, but of course the one sector of the economy that has already voluntarily embraced this ratio turns out to have nurtured the most profitable corporations in the history of capitalism. This would no doubt be fiddling with the natural markets for wages, but we fiddle with these all the time, through progressive income taxes, earned income tax credits, subsidies, and tax incentives. We have a minimum wage. What if we had a maximum ratio?

Academics wield the tremendous responsibility of expertise. Academic legitimacy is a commodity corporations pay handsomely to appropriate. Harvard faculty and Nobel Prize winners are assets in the war for the American mind. That’s why Prudential and the CIA seek them out as “spokesmen” and “consultants” who will lend their image of academic expertise to sanctify, legitimize, and endorse products like private equity hedge funds and state torture.

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Jon Peterson tracks down the rules that may have been true origin of the “Fantasy Supplement” in Chainmail.

This proves that at least one of the two authors of Chainmail received and studied the very issue of the Courier containing these fantasy rules at the time, and surely could have shared it with his co-designer. Although these rules came out not long before Chainmail, we know from Gygax’s own account that the Fantasy Supplement was a last-minute addition to Chainmail: he later called it an “afterthought.”

Anyone else remember Really Rosie? I rediscovered it over the weekend and was playing it for my son. Interestingly, my wife — who is three years younger than me — has absolutely no memory of it, which seemed strange to me, as I don’t know how anyone made it out of the ’70s without being inundated with all things Sendak.

And, man, this thing gets dark. “The lion asked, “Would you like to die?”/”Pierre said, ‘I don’t care.'”

Also: I forget sometimes what a freaking genius songwriter King is.