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Sat Feb 1, 2014, 10:10 AM

David Sirota: Billionaires Attempt To Convince Society That They Are The Good Guys


from In These Times:


Billionaires Attempt To Convince Society That They Are The Good Guys
America’s rich see themselves as victims of Nazi-like persecution.

BY David Sirota


The rich have never been richer and the poor keep getting poorer. The financial Masters of the Universe enjoy indefinite taxpayer-funded bailouts, while the social safety net for the poor is gutted. The ruling class that engineers crushing economic inequality gathers at the World Economic Forum in Davos to pretend to care about said inequality, and then promises no concrete actions to combat the crisis. Many high-income earners pay a lower effective tax rate than low-income earners, and IRS data show that in the last few years the rich have seen a steep decline in the share of taxes they pay.

And if you think there’s a problem with any of this, you’re a Nazi. At least according to the poor, put-upon oligarchs.

The latest fat cat to compare critiques of inequality to violent National Socialism is venture capitalist Tom Perkins—he of the $150 million yacht and the 5,500-square-foot San Francisco penthouse. In a letter to the Wall Street Journal editor, this Silicon Valley billionaire last week bewailed supposed “parallels” between Nazi Germany’s “war on its ‘1 percent,’ namely its Jews” and “the progressive war on the American 1 percent, namely the ‘rich.’” Citing rising angst over inequality, he insisted: “This is a very dangerous drift in our American thinking. Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its descendent ‘progressive’ radicalism unthinkable now?”

From this skewed perspective, the 85 people who now own as much wealth as 3.5 billion people aren’t the big winners. They are instead a persecuted diaspora being exterminated by Hitler. ..................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://inthesetimes.com/article/16204/dont_pity_the_billionaire/



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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Feb 1, 2014, 10:36 AM

1. Except for those who cheat to get there or cheat to stay there, everyone loves a winner .

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Sat Feb 1, 2014, 01:01 PM

2. Proves that the rich are getting very worried...

... as more & more of us see through their scams and BS.

They can hear our pitchforks rattling ever louder in the distance.





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Sat Feb 1, 2014, 07:11 PM

3. Sorry but no one gets that obscenely wealthy through acts of kindness. Nt

 

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Sun Feb 2, 2014, 10:05 AM

4. Yeah, good luck with that, you selfish, self-entitled hoarders. nt.

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Sun Feb 2, 2014, 12:21 PM

5. They say they are being persecuted like The Jews in WWII?

 

Perhaps We The People should take the hint.

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