So You Want To Be An Oligarch

A Go-Getting Guide For The Purposeful Plutocrat

Non-Fiction - Humor/Comedy
200 Pages
Reviewed on 02/23/2024
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Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite

So You Want To Be An Oligarch is C.T. Jackson's satirical examination of oligarchy and the atrocities of capitalism. Jackson's profound exploration of oligarchy enables us to understand how different oligarchs in both historical and present times have succeeded in creating their wealth, whether it's tech billionaires who earn much more than their employees or the richest rulers in history who use force and violence to stay in power. The book calls attention to how money has become the major tool used to determine our worth as humans and the sad repercussions of this, including human trafficking and what is referred to as 'the world's oldest profession.' We also see how various companies employ some questionable practices to keep their profits up, such as commercializing water and other natural resources, industrial espionage, lobbying, and more.

I found myself laughing and shaking my head wearily as I read C.T. Jackson's book. Though his words are dripping with sarcastic and stinging humor, his views are rooted in logic and a profound examination of historical powers, including leaders from ancient Africa, Asia, and Europe. Readers who love to think outside the box and ponder uncomfortable truths will love the pertinent, critical messages, such as the irony of becoming rich to give it back to the poor when death comes knocking. The book covers a wide range of topics and themes, including politics, corruption, environmental exploitation, wealth disparity, and Covid-19. Jackson's special gift, So You Want To Be An Oligarch, is a call to all readers to look deep into what makes us human. Its examination of oligarchy is a timely paradigm shifter that mirrors the rate at which our rights and freedoms are sold to the rich few.

Pikasho Deka

Do you believe there's a secret billionaire somewhere deep down inside you just waiting to actualize? Are you the type of person who wants more than you deserve or need? If the above answers are in the affirmative, So You Want To Be An Oligarch is just the book for you. C.T. Jackson offers readers a comprehensive guide to becoming an oligarch -- the only requirement is to have flexible morals. The book begins with a brief history of capitalism and the early great exploiters who helped foster a culture of neverending greed, accumulating enormous wealth, power, and assets in their heyday. From the first coin stamped in China to the modern cryptocurrency craze, humans have always found a way to monetize any and every single resource or tech they get their hands on and amass wealth at the expense of the masses.

Jeff Bezos monopolizing the e-commerce space or Jho Low siphoning public funds from the Malaysian government, there are various ways to walk the path of an oligarch. According to C.T. Jackson, the older generation doesn't have much regard for the millennials and Gen Z. But there's still hope. With So You Want To Be An Oligarch, you will learn about abandoning meritocracy and lying, cheating, and stealing your way to success, pump and dump schemes, how corruption became an intrinsic part of modern governments, corporate lobbying, monopolized media, the different ways to hide money and dodge taxes, including charity, and much more. Jackson uses biting satire and insightful social commentary to shed light on some very relevant issues we face today, poking fun at some of the most notable names among the top 1%, often with hilarious results. I found the book funny, informative, and thoroughly entertaining. Highly recommended.

Lucinda E Clarke

So, You Want to Be an Oligarch asks C T Jackson, who adds 'A Go-Getting Guide for the Purposeful Plutocrat' as his subtitle, which is an amazing compendium of advice for becoming one of the richest people in the world. He explains how to raise initial capital at the start of your journey using every possible tactic, not one of which is ethical. He explains it is important to lie, steal, cheat, crush the competition, and take advantage of everyone but yourself. This especially includes capturing the market resources of towns, cities, states, and, even better, whole countries. Legally or otherwise, grab the rights to minerals, communications, and even resources such as electricity and water, and then resell them to those you stole from in the first place. Numerous examples are scattered throughout the book of successful oligarchs who have done just that. He advises would-be capitalists who aim for the top of the pyramid on how to overcome the unrealistic rights of those below, such as not allowing the common working man any chance of derailing their plans through their selfish demands for liveable wages, union representatives, and survivable living conditions. Why worry about those ‘poors’ as you rise to the very top of the food chain?

When I saw the title So You Want to Be an Oligarch, I just had to review this book. Written in a tongue-in-cheek approach, it also contains dozens of amazing and quite horrifying facts. This is a humorous book with a huge sting in the tail. The life paths taken by the richest men (there are very few women) who have acquired mind-boggling wealth have left behind a trail of tragedy and destruction. It’s quite a difficult book to review between hysterical laughing and total shock as I sped through the pages. It is brilliantly written and every line is a pearl of (unholy) wisdom. I loved the blank pages of advertising, the clever cartoons, and the blatant boasting that C T Jackson had paid his aides nothing at all. A warning; some people may be offended by the content of this book. It’s quite defamatory, but if you have a broad mind and can recognize the sarcastic humor, which reminds me of British comedy, then you will love this book as much as I did.