When the revolution comes, totebaggers may not be the first up against the wall, but they will certainly have to be sent to reeducation camps, at least for long enough that they learn to hate David Brooks. Today’s column is a doozy….you see, the only reason liberals are concerned about oligarchy is that they’re jealous of their Galtian overlords:
The modern left is led by smart professionals — academics, activists, people in the news media, the arts and so on — who tend to live in and around coastal cities.
If you are a young professional in a major city, you experience inequality firsthand. But the inequality you experience most acutely is not inequality down, toward the poor; it’s inequality up, toward the rich.
You go to fund-raisers or school functions and there are always hedge fund managers and private equity people around. You get more attention than them at parties, but your whole apartment could fit in their dining room. You struggle with tuition, but their kids go off on ski weekends. You wait in line at the post office, but they have staff to do it for them.
The modern left is led by people who regularly go to parties with Galtians? I do understand that the big donors of the modern left (as well as the modern right of course) live mostly in coastal cities, but these big donors are Galtians themselves.
I don’t find myself spending anytime being jealous of the super-rich, do you? I just don’t think anybody benefits that much from living in an oligarchy. I think that even the oligarchs themselves would be better off in a country with a strong middle-class and some semblance of representative democracy. I might mention that I first heard the idea of a wealth tax from a one-percenter finance friend (who’s even more concerned about oligarchy than most of us).
Bobo’s serial scapegoating of intellectuals is straight out of the Goebbels playbook (remember what made him reach for his revolver). Why do so many totebaggers like Bobo, when he portrays them as sniveling, jealous agitators? Don’t they know that he’d actually send them to reeducation camps if he could? I just joke about it in hopes of getting another Moore Award nomination.
Update. Steve M thinks Palin and Limbaugh are better comparisons than Goebbels, but I think Palin and Limbaugh are just trying to get ratings and money. Propaganda isn’t their central mission.