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“Wisdom that will bless I, who live in the spiral joy born at the utter end of a black prayer.” • — Keiji Haino
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Paul Krugman’s The Show-Off Society

Paul Krugman: The Show-Off Society

Liberals talk about circumstances; conservatives talk about character.

This intellectual divide is most obvious when the subject is the persistence of poverty in a wealthy nation. Liberals focus on the stagnation of real wages and the disappearance of jobs offering middle-class incomes, as well as the constant insecurity that comes with not having reliable jobs or assets. For conservatives, however, it’s all about not trying hard enough.

The point is that while chiding the rich for their vulgarity may not be as offensive as lecturing the poor on their moral failings, it’s just as futile. Human nature being what it is, it’s silly to expect humility from a highly privileged elite. So if you think our society needs more humility, you should support policies that would reduce the elite’s privileges.

OH, no, no, I am not a socialist, nor a liberal, I just despise the pandering to the powerful and rich people, just because they have influence and lots money.
That pandering, is the main characteristic of those who lean to the Right.
After the 2008 financial crash, the pandering to the rich and their minions ( TV pundits and journalists ) is growing stronger in Portugal, even among the working class people.

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