July 19, 2003


Millionaire Phillip Adams advises:

In a toss-up between love and money, go for the love. Money canít buy it. The BRW Rich List fails to inform you that many of our wealthiest people are among our loneliest and least loved. So if the choice presents itself, or itís a toss-up, go for love. Itís a better investment in the long term and pays more generous dividends.

Speaking of money, it would be interesting to find out how all the donations to the Australians for Just Refugee Program have been spent (Phillip is one of many AJRP board members). Mostly on anti-Howard propaganda, I suspect. In April 2002 Adams reported that the organisation had received $250,000; despite this, they donít seem to have done much in the area of continuing achievements. Nice website, though.

Posted by Tim Blair at July 19, 2003 04:11 AM

I dunno. I'd be willing to take a chance on being filthy rich. If anyone hears about a funded study (to research the correlation of money and happiness), let me know and I'll volunteer. It will be hard, but anything to advance the cause of research.

Speaking of Money 2:

I'd like to have the UN's Iraq 'oil for food' program audited and the results made public.

For that matter, I'd like to see a public audit of all the UN's various programs. Bet the results would be interesting.

Posted by: Chris Josephson at July 19, 2003 at 04:35 AM

If love is so much more important than money, I've got to say it's pretty damned footling of these socialists to only be interested in redistributing money.

Posted by: Paul Zrimsek at July 19, 2003 at 05:56 AM

It's trying to bring us love! Break its legs!!

- Lenny, The Simpsons

Posted by: Jared at July 19, 2003 at 06:35 AM

Whilst it is well known that money can't buy love, what Phillip Adams fails to acknowledge is that money can rent it.

I'll take a chance on being rich if the option presents.

Posted by: Harry Tuttle at July 19, 2003 at 10:53 AM

"go for the love. Money canít buy it"

Poor boy just doesn't know where to shop.

Posted by: Ken Summers at July 19, 2003 at 02:58 PM

Phil didn't choose poverty, and certainly not starvation. He doesn't seem happy.

In the spirit of rational debate, try disagreeing with him and make Phil Phurious!

Posted by: The at July 19, 2003 at 03:02 PM

Hurm. I'm poor and my love tank is reading empty. Maybe I'm rich and don't even know it? I'll be checking my bank account daily for my millions.

Posted by: ErikZ at July 19, 2003 at 03:05 PM

Phat Phil forgets what my grandfather told me: "Money can't buy you friends, but it can rent the companionship of some pretty good substitutes while you look for some friends."

Also, "Money can't buy you love, but it can buy you some interesting playthings while you wait for love to come along."

And, "It's as easy to fall in love with a rich woman as a poor one. Matter of fact, it's easier."

Or, "Money can't buy happiness, but it will let you be miserable in nicer circumstances."

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at July 19, 2003 at 03:46 PM

Phillip is poorly placed to comment, he is wealthy, but deeply in love with himself. How can the truly infatuated see clearly?
(Especially while testing the load limit of a Louis XV chaise'lounge and indulging in a truffle and Bollinger binge. Phil finds his own truffles- how's that for eco-aware?)

Posted by: paul bickford at July 19, 2003 at 04:40 PM

Adams, who traded in his wife for a newer, younger model, is just plain wrong, but who is surprised? Recent UK research (wish I had kept the Daily Telegraph report) showed love lasts about 2 years, then comfortable familiarity takes over. Money, provided one doesn't piss it up againt a wall, lasts a heck of a lot longer. According to Tom Wolfe, mid-afternoons in Houston (or was it New York?) up-market restaurants are taken over by elderly filthy-rich gents accompanied by juicy lemon tarts. Oh yeah...a lotta monney buys a lotta love. "The Money Song" from Cabaret is spot-on.

Posted by: Rebecca Sharp at July 19, 2003 at 05:06 PM

And another thing. A further UK report recently discovered(as if we need research for this) that the more money you have the happier you are.

Posted by: Rebecca Shartp at July 19, 2003 at 05:09 PM

Maybe money can't buy happiness (or love) but I wouldn't mind that kind of misery, either.

Posted by: Naiad at July 19, 2003 at 10:09 PM

I've always wondered if sucessful people are actually all that different from unsuccessful ones as far as personality goes: I'm inclined to doubt it.

Posted by: John Nowak at July 20, 2003 at 04:44 AM