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Episode 004: “Capitalism Is Working for Me. So How Could I Hate It?”



Our podcast question today is on the topic of wealth, privilege, and g-g-g-g—

No, not ghosts! It’s g-g-g-guilt!

Specifically: rich white lady guilt! OooOOoooOOOO!

But don’t be afraid. Piggy and I are both ex-Catholics. Whatever kind of guilt you have, we can slice and dice it into bite-sized chunks with the studied grace of a teppanyaki chef.

Today’s question

“As a progressive person and someone who is starting to get into a pretty good place financially (have an emergency fund, bought a home a few years ago, paid off credit card debts), I’ve started feeling so guilty! It probably doesn’t help that I work in finance too. I don’t like capitalism but I’m working it the way I’m ‘supposed’ to. How do I feel less guilty for making myself financially healthy?”

I regret that this podcast was recorded before I could reference this joyful ~*cUrReNt eVeNtzZz*~ example of wealthy, comfortable people proving they’re still values-driven hippies at heart.

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8 thoughts to “Episode 004: “Capitalism Is Working for Me. So How Could I Hate It?””

      1. Yes, transcripts, please! I know your time and energy is limited and will understand if this doesn’t make the cut. But it’s something I so appreciate about the Mad Fientist. It’s a great step toward accessibility.

  1. Thank you so much for this. I’m a leftist who’s pretty close to attaining FIRE and I beat myself up about it constantly. This was what I needed to hear, and I feel it’s given me new focus possibly for after I FIRE.

  2. *music*
    When you need some dough, you don’t know where to go in this patriarchic capitalist hellscape – well, here’s the sitch, we’re gonna help you sis, because bitches get riches… bitches get riches… bitches get riches… so can you. *music stops*
    There’s nothing that feels better than being completely prepared, than being ahead of whatever work is due, and yet, even though I know that, I spend, like, 90% of my life procrastinating.
    *laughter*
    No it’s true, like I – um – yesterday I was – I worked real hard on a manuscript, ummm and then I was just like I need to watch four episodes of Jane the Virgin in a row. That’s- that’s just gonna make me – that’s gonna make me feel good.
    “Haven’t you already all of watched that?”
    “No, I’m watching the final season, bitch.”
    “Oh okay okay okay, I’ve never seen any of it.”
    “Agggghh my god what are you doing with your life. Um”
    “Is she still a virgin?”
    “No, no spoilers, no spoilers, not still a virgi- so uh, after she loses her virginity, like, no spoilers about that, but like it does happen – the title credits start like scratching out the word virgin and like writing in other things, um it’s like Jane-the-Really-Stressed-Mom and, y’know, et cetera et cetera um but it’s- it’s always funny and there’s like a Latin lover narrator. And the whole thing is like a homage/parody of uh tele-novellas, um, so, it’s just-it’s brilliant. You need to watch that and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend immediately.”
    “Okay, but here’s the thing, did you watch Fleabag?”
    “No.”
    “Alright, you get to give me shit about not watching, uh, those two shows when you have watched Fleabag. It-ah-here’s my pitch for it:”
    “Okay, hit me”
    “There’s only two seasons.”
    “What? *gasp*”
    “Each of those seasons is only six episodes”
    “Oh”
    “And each of those episodes are half-hour.”
    “Oh, okay, I’m in.”
    “I feel like a sense of um like visceral relief when I start a new TV show, and I see at the bottom that it’s like 23 minutes long

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