There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch – Or Book

In this video, Captain Capitalism highlights a prevailing attitude in our society that I find nearly as disturbing as it is annoying: Trying to make money off of your work, especially in terms of art, is evil.

People seem to be under the impression that certain services or goods appear out of nowhere or they are entitled to it, and they resent it when those who supply the goods or services require – or merely request – financial compensation for it.

Working in the journalism field, I encounter this mentality a lot. Our local newspaper doesn’t charge our readers a cent. It is published and delivered to their homes, absolutely free. At the same time, newspapers struggle to offer competitive pay, like all other media outlets.

Yet as a reporter over the years I have been subject to the most patronizing and self-entitled phone calls you can imagine from people who think that they are my boss because they read one of my stories and act like I’m their privately-hired investigator, or they threaten to cancel their subscription (one of these days I might dare to ask “and how much money will that save you over the next year?”).

Or, people complain to me about the quality of media today, to which I reply “You get what you pay for.”

How exactly are people supposed to pay the bills and make a living if what they spend their time doing is offered for free?

I just don’t get it. This all goes back to the “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” saying. Half of our country’s financial problems could be possible rectified if people understood this.


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