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GaYellowDawg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 09:10 AM
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51. VERY illuminating article.
This is repeated from my reply just above, in case that reply gets deleted for its title.

It's extremely illuminating that people think that 150K is rich. Extremely, because it's a huge problem that people think of 150K as rich.

Why is that a problem? Because people can think of 150K as attainable, if not for them then for their children. And when they think of a certain figure as both "rich" and "attainable", they start to identify with the "rich" as a means of wish-fulfillment. Then "rich" and "top 1%" become lumped together. All of a sudden, they're absolutely determined to defend the top 1% and identify with them because they think that they or their children will somehow, someday, be part of the top 1% through the good old Horatio Alger myth that working hard automatically brings vast wealth. Thus, a Tea Partier is born.

Anything that gives as much insight into how the masses on the other side are manipulated is extraordinarily valuable. I wish I could rec it 1,000 times.
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