The video begins with a baby lying on the bed with her father above her, making it rain with a thick stack of Saudi Arabian bills. This is the lowest level of what Saudi Arabians call Patriarchal Distribution.
It all starts at the top, with the new King Salman — the Patriarch of them all — announcing that he would give most of the country a bonus equal to two months of their salary, a bonus that will cost the Saudi Arabia treasury around $32 billion and increase the yearly deficit by 50 percent from $44.5 billion to $67.2 billion, or 9 percent of the petro-state’s gross domestic product.
That sounds like a lot when you compare it to the American deficit, which represents 2.7 percent of GDP. And this at a time when the kingdom has 20 percent less revenue than last year, due to low oil prices.
The grand bargain between the Saudi royal family and their citizens is that the citizens would cede political freedom in exchange for not having to work very hard. Where once they farmed and raised cattle, now they wait in air conditioned homes for their monthly stipend, and croon ballads of loyalty to the king. The bargain renders the whole citizenship essentially political prostitutes who would rather be lazy than free.
Almost four out of five Saudis who work for the national government will receive an immediate bonus of two months salary. And in order to respect the sprit of the king’s announcement, many private Saudi companies have pledged to do likewise. And the money is supposed to keep flowing down, according to the rules of Patriarchal Distribution, to the wife and child; making every male citizen a pimp of their wife and daughter’s liberty.
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