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Cards Against Humanity launched a giant wealth redistribution experiment

By Oliver Smith 11 December 2017
Image: Getty/silverkblack.
Summary

A heartwarming tale.

The marvellous minds at Cards Against Humanity are at it again.

After going pink and charging more “for her” to point out the reality of gender inequality and buying a plot of land on the US/Mexico border to slow down Trump’s ridiculous wall project, Cards Against Humanity has a new trick.

Solving wealth inequality.

“Most Americans can’t come up with $400 in an emergency, and one in five American households have zero or negative wealth,” wrote Cards Against Humanity.

“That is truly f**ked.”

Last month 150,000 people paid $15 to subscribe to Cards Against Humanity’s Christmas campaign to “Save America”, what they didn’t realise is that they were taking part in a giant wealth redistribution experiment.

Money for nothing

This morning the 100 poorest “Save America” subscribers received an unexpected check in the post for $1,000, paid for by everyone else.

The next 10,000 poorest got a full $15 refund for their contribution, and the other 140,000 people? Got nothing.

“When they signed up, subscribers filled out a survey with a mix of demographic questions and red herrings,” said Cards Against Humanity.

Questions included occupation, how often they ordered takeaway, their health, and whether they felt stressed about money.

“We ranked everyone based on their survey responses and geographical census data to figure out who most needed money.”

Then they clicked ‘send’.

A lifeline

$1,000 might not sound life-changing, but it’s a much-needed lifeline for some of the recipients this Christmas.

Ian from Idaho wrote: “I am floored. I will be spending the $1,000 to pay some medical bills I have going on, and to be able to travel for Xmas to see my sister and her kiddos, which I haven’t been able to do in years.”

Courtney from Florida said: “$1,000 will help ensure that my bills are paid, strengthening a cushion/emergency repair account I’ve been trying to build all year, and it means I get to splurge a little on my family’s gifts.”

Cards Against Humanity admitted the project “doesn’t fix wealth inequality. But we think these stories are a clear demonstration of how much $1,000 means to someone struggling to pay for basic necessities.”

It may not be the solution to poverty, but we certainly can’t think of a more heartwarming way to end 2017.