Titus Stahl

If you want to convince anyone of Socialism, make them read these two articles

NYTimes: How to Snag a Reservation at That Oh-So-Popular Restaurant – about the incredible frustration of rich people being unable to get tables at popular restaurants:

Mr. Karlitz said he frequently fielded requests from people seeking his help. His suggestion is to find one of the charities supported by the family that owns Rao’s [restaurant] and to bid on a reservation.

“I saw one reservation go for $20,000,” he said. “And you’re still paying for dinner. It’s crazy.”

NYTimes: Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace – subtitle: “The company is conducting an experiment in how far it can push white-collar workers to get them to achieve its ever-expanding ambitions.”

At Amazon, workers are encouraged to tear apart one another’s ideas in meetings, toil long and late (emails arrive past midnight, followed by text messages asking why they were not answered), and held to standards that the company boasts are “unreasonably high.” The internal phone directory instructs colleagues on how to send secret feedback to one another’s bosses. Employees say it is frequently used to sabotage others. (The tool offers sample texts, including this: “I felt concerned about his inflexibility and openly complaining about minor tasks.”)

Bo Olson was one of them. He lasted less than two years in a book marketing role and said that his enduring image was watching people weep in the office, a sight other workers described as well. “You walk out of a conference room and you’ll see a grown man covering his face,” he said. “Nearly every person I worked with, I saw cry at their desk.”