God wants you to be rich, people!

I think I may have found the most obnoxious book in the whole world: Paul Zane Pilzer’s God Wants You to be Rich. Pilzer is convinced there is no such thing as scarcity, and everyone, given enough gumption and hard work, can achieve great financial success.

Pilzer exposes the key error–the belief in scarcity–that leads to a misunderstanding of the process of creating wealth.  Countering this zero-sum view of economics, Pilzer shows how a society’s wealth is determined not by the supply of physical resources, which are supposedly limited, but by human ingenuity, which constantly redefines what counts as a resource in the first place.

Say what? Never mind the fact that if the rest of the world lived like we did, we would need the resources of three Earths to sustain ourselves; the answer lies in human ingenuity! Don’t worry about the future, or about wasteful consumerism; human cleverness will save the day! Did I mention how much I hate lying douchebags who claim there’s no such thing as scarcity?

The book was written in the 90′s, and if you are old enough to remember this decade, you’ll recall “network marketing” (another word for a pyramid scheme) was the latest money making trend. A bunch of very naive people (myself included) fell for the allure of easy money. What we ended up with was an empty bank account and a stupefied look on our faces. When you think about it, it’s sounds much like going to church…

Comments (8)

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    Daniel

    Man, I hate this type of shit too!!!

    Yea, when I was steeped in religion network marketing was all the rage. Xtians were jumping on the network marketing craze like a pack of wild dogs in heat. Funny how those kinds of scams flourish so well in churches. I used to have a friend who would name drop like crazy in order to demonstrate to me how valid his latest scheme was.

    Of course, they all wanted to make money to give to missionaries and fund the ‘great commission’. But alas, they all fell by the wayside with nothing to show for their efforts but debt and shame. Gee, that sounds like church!!!

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    Scott

    Ah, the Protestant Work Ethic, the Gospel of Wealth – “God shows He approves of your works by rewarding you with prosperity.” Fuckin’ Joel Osteen preaches the same crap as this.

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    Isaac

    If god really want Me to be rich, he’d just give me money. Duh.

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    Wendy

    If God wants me to be rich, why does Jesus want me to give it all away and live humbly?

    ….This Christianity thing is beginning to contradict itself…. ;)

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    Jessica Sideways

    Beginning to contract itself? Hun, that ship has sailed 2 millenia ago…

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    Gondlir

    Pilzer obviously didn’t read the Holy Bible. It is written three times:

    Mt 19,24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.

    Mr 10,25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.

    Lu 18,25 Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.

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    articulett

    God was just joshin ’bout that camel-through-a-needle stuff!

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    Arynn

    I hate these guys. For a current example of “prosperity theology” which is another way of saying “ruthlessly fleecing the poor, whilst simultaneously flaunting the wealth you gain by doing it” look into Rev. Creflo Dollar. Yes, that is really his name.

    There’s a decent write up Lauren Sandler’s book, “Righteous: Dispatches from the Evangelical Youth Movement.” Which is a good read anyway.

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