But I think people get a kick out of chasing passive income, because it gives them a sense of having "hacked" the system.
This isn't "The System". It's just the labor market.
> My point is that if it takes so much effort...
Know what else takes effort? Building only what others pay you to build despite your ability to build anything. Not everyone is content with that. I reckon most of us don't consider that the height of our life ambitions, but the alternatives aren't as straightforward as dropping our CV into a dropbox. Hence this Ask HN submission.
Your posts are just selling some brand of status quo that we're already familiar with.
I'd be the last person to say don't build a business! I'm saying the opposite. Selling time does suck and selling a product or service is much better.
All I'm saying is that if that's what you want to do, then do it properly. Don't waste time on "passive" stuff. Actively build a business.