This #charcoal #drawing by cornelia es saids shows a quick #charcoalsketch #portrait of Armin Papperger, CEO of Rheinmetall.
I coaxed the AI chatGPT into writing a witty, biting and sarcastic text about the CEO of Rheinmetall, Armin Papperger. ChatGPT first didn’t want to, but in the role of a fictitious politcally progressive expert in economic history, who has been teaching at the Humboldt university of Berlin sind 1989, even sarcasm and ridicule are at least possible (#promptengeneering).
The Weapon-Makers’ Lament: Armin Papperger and the Profitable Business of Death
Armin Papperger, the CEO of Rheinmetall AG, is a prime example of the powerful who always complain the loudest when asked to give up a little bit of their influence, follow laws, or take a hit to their profits. But what is he doing to make such profits? Manufacturing weapons that kill people. And what is he complaining about? Regulations that limit his ability to make more profit.
In this twisted reality, we are told to help the powerful – not the vulnerable, not the oppressed, not the innocent victims of war. The rich and powerful are the ones we should be looking out for, according to Papperger’s logic.
But while Papperger and his ilk rake in profits from weapons sales, Ukraine is caught in the crossfire of Russia’s aggression, fueled in part by the very weapons Papperger’s company produces. The defense industry profits from conflict and war, while ordinary people suffer the consequences.
It’s time to flip the script and ostracize those who profit from death and destruction, instead of punishing the already marginalized.
It’s time to say no to the powerful who demand more power and profit, and instead help those who truly need it.
And because it was so much fun, another one right away:
The Perplexing Paradox of the Powerful:
A Witty and Biting Commentary on Armin Papperger’s Plight
Ah, Armin Papperger. The name alone invokes thoughts of wealth, power, and privilege. It’s as if he were born with a silver spoon in his mouth, a golden briefcase in his hand, and a copy of Atlas Shrugged under his arm.
But alas, it seems that even the most powerful among us can be reduced to a quivering, whining mess at the mere suggestion of having to play by the same rules as the rest of society. How dare we ask Mr. Papperger to give up even the smallest bit of his influence, to abide by the laws that govern us all, or to simply settle for a slightly smaller yacht this year?
It’s truly perplexing, isn’t it? One would think that a man of such wealth and power would relish the opportunity to use his resources for the greater good, to help lift up those who have been left behind by a system that has long favored the rich and powerful.
But no, it seems that Mr. Papperger is content to simply hoard his wealth and power, protecting it fiercely from anyone who might dare to suggest that there might be a better way.
Perhaps he’s just afraid of losing his place at the top of the heap. After all, when you’ve spent your entire life clawing your way to the top, the thought of losing your grip on that power can be positively terrifying.
Or maybe he’s just an arrogant, self-centered prick who cares more about his own interests than the well-being of anyone else.
Either way, it seems clear that Mr. Papperger is in need of a serious reality check. The world is changing, and those who refuse to change with it will be left behind.
So let us all come together and say it loud and clear: “Help the Powerful!” Because clearly, they need all the help they can get.