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Author Michael Z Williamson on Poverty in the US

I don't think that word means what you think it means

Sarah Hoyt


September 15, 2011 - 3:24 pm

Author Michael Z Williamson is not a good man to  upset, and not just because he runs a website called sharp pointy things that sells all sorts of… sharp pointy things, like knives and a sword I want to buy as soon as I make a lot of money. (What? Stop shuddering at the idea of me and a sword. It’s pretty. And sharp.)

Turns out it’s also a bad idea to get Mike upset because his mind, it seems, is also a sharp and pointy thing.

Some less cautious people have lately gotten Mike riled up by going on about poverty and about the income gap. This was a bad idea. In his website, called Speaker to Morons, Mike cuts their arguments to ribbons.

Some choice bits:

And I’m not even going to dignify the lefticle wank of “income gap” with a response, except to note it’s pretty much Godwin’s Law for economics. If you bring it up, you’ve admitted you have no argument.


As an immigrant, I get REALLY ticked off at Americans whining about “poverty” that involves cell phones, microwaves, AC and cars.


I remember growing up middle class in the UK. My father had a motorcycle, and eventually a car, while he alternated electrical work and school. My mother waited tables evenings. We had a “flat” with no heat, and a transistor radio. Lunch for me was usually a boiled egg or a slice of bread with jam. In 1969 we got a black and white TV so we could watch the moon landing. Since my father was an electrical engineer, he re-programmed the set and we got FOUR channels, though BBC1 and -2 usually showed the same thing.

Eventually we moved to a real house (well, a duplex), with plumbing. We were lucky.

Go read the whole thing at Michael’s blog.

Sarah Hoyt lives in Colorado with her husband, two sons and too many cats. She has published Darkship Thieves and 16 other novels, and over 100 short stories. Writing non-fiction is a new, daunting endeavor. For more on Sarah and samples of her writing, look around at Sarah A. or check out her writing and life blog at According to
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