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Why don't we all quit being so servile?

  1. Ralph Deeds profile image64
    Ralph Deedsposted 7 years ago

    http://www.harpers.org/media/pages/2011 … 083267.pdf

    Servile Disobedience by Thomas Frank

    ..."All of which is to say, The rich are
    different from you and me. They are
    ruder and less generous. They don’t get
    what others are thinking. And apparently
    they don’t really care.
    If you stop and think about it for
    a second, you understand that all of
    this makes sense. People don’t craft
    poisoned collateralized debt obligations
    by calling on what they
    learned in Sunday school....

    "After all, we have
    spent the past thirty years doing everything
    we could to transfer the
    wealth of the nation into the bank
    accounts of the affl uent, to send them
    victorious, happy and glorious, long to
    reign over us.

    Oh, we’ve cut their taxes, gladly
    transferring much of the cost of keeping
    their holdings safe onto our own
    shoulders. We’ve furnished them with
    special megaphones so that their voices
    might be heard over the hubbub of
    the crowd. We have conferred upon
    them separate and better schools,
    their very own transportation system,
    and a full complement of private security
    guards. We’ve built an entire culture
    of courtiers and sycophants to
    make their every waking hour an otherworldly

    "We let them build a system of bonuses
    and “executive compensation”
    on the theory that it would be good
    for everyone if the people on top got
    to take home much, much more. And
    when it turned out that the theory
    was wrong—that in the most famous
    cases the rich chased bonuses not to
    the shareholders’ benefi t but at their
    expense—why, we promptly bailed
    them out. We allowed them to step
    up to the Fed’s discount window and
    fi ll their pockets, we generously transferred
    their dumb investments to our
    balance sheet, and we sent them off
    with little more than a request that
    they please not do it again. We’ve
    done everything we can to lift them
    up and exalt them as a new leviathan;
    the least they can do in return, one
    feels, is show a little empathy.

    Besides, look what we’ve done with
    the old leviathan, the government. For
    decades we have attacked it, redirected
    it, outsourced it, and fi lled it with incompetents
    and cronies. Yes, it still
    works well enough when we need it to
    replenish the accounts of investment
    banks or bang some small country
    against a wall, but those branches of it
    designed to help out Americans of
    “lower socioeconomic status,” as the
    scientists would put it, are now bare.
    The government fails the people of
    New Orleans when they are hit by a
    hurricane, fails to notice the cadmium
    paint in the marketplace, does a lousy
    job educating our kids, can’t keep the
    libraries open or the park lawns mowed,
    overlooks the catastrophic shortcuts
    taken by its pals in the oil-drilling
    industry—and all we can do to express
    our frustration is elect candidates who
    promise to hack it down even more.
    We need the rich to be nice. We
    need them to stop doodling, pay attention,
    and get generous. Now that
    the government has divested from
    the empathy business, we need the
    rich to discover brotherly
    love, and fast. More:
    http://www.harpers.org/media/pages/2011 … 083267.pdf

  2. barranca profile image79
    barrancaposted 7 years ago

    The links to Harpers don't work without registering.  I disagree with the monolithic judgment about wealthy people.  They are as varied in their lives and generosity as any other class of people.  I agree that the system has been extraordinarily stacked in their favor for the last few decades, but not every rich person or perhaps even most rich people have been party to this development in American society.  Many like Warren Buffet decry this state of affairs and go on to give away the bulk of their wealth.

    1. Ralph Deeds profile image64
      Ralph Deedsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      "They are as varied in their lives and generosity as any other class of people."

      True. On the one hand there's Buffett and Gates and on the other the Banksters of Wall Street and the oil billionaire brothers Koch.

  3. lovemychris profile image60
    lovemychrisposted 7 years ago

    Yes, anyone who can't see this is not wanting to!!!

    They constantly harangue about the gvt, but it's gvt policies since Reagan that have favored the upper incomes and allowed them to flourish so well....on our backs!

    The economic disparity says it all. And if they make those tax-cuts permanent, we are finished as anywhat of a civil society.