As predicted by Regraded Being yesterday, the “give us your money to save Ukraine” bleating has begun.
You can expect the volume of demands for money to increase as the situation escalates and there are more images of bombs dropping and people’s lives being devastated.
What is so insane is the idea that putting books in libraries in Ukraine is going to do ANYTHING about the country being invaded. If these books actually had ANY impact (which they don’t) they should be being placed in the library of the Kremlin — the people of Ukraine are victims of the aggression of Russia. Unless they use the books to build bomb shelters with, they are a useless commodity. Of course, there is no way of getting books DELIVERED to these libraries, if they are still standing. But that doesn’t stop the vultures from asking you to send them money.
If these books really could accomplish relief to the people of Ukraine, then rather than begging for money to pay for sets at full retail markup, New Era Publications should be DONATING hundreds of thousands of books. They have printing presses to produce them on.
The cynicism of this appeal is almost too much to grasp.
Disaster Capitalism (the link is to one of the many earlier posts on this theme) at its very worst.