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Sun May 17, 2015, 07:35 PM

 

Chris Hedges lays it out. A very powerful essay:

The Pathology of the Rich White Family

The pathology of the rich white family is the most dangerous pathology in America. The rich white family is cursed with too much money and privilege. It is devoid of empathy, the result of lifetimes of entitlement. It has little sense of loyalty and lacks the capacity for self-sacrifice. Its definition of friendship is reduced to “What can you do for me?” It is possessed by an insatiable lust to increase its fortunes and power. It believes that wealth and privilege confer to it a superior intelligence and virtue. It is infused with an unchecked hedonism and narcissism. And because of all this, it interprets reality through a lens of self-adulation and greed that renders it delusional. The rich white family is a menace. The pathologies of the poor, when set against the pathologies of rich white people, are like a candle set beside the sun.

There are no shortages of acolytes and propagandists for rich white families. They dominate our airwaves. They blame poverty, societal breakdown, urban violence, drug use, domestic abuse and crime on the pathology of poor black families—not that they know any. They argue that poor black families disintegrate because of some inherent defect—here you can read between the lines that white people are better than black people—a defect that these poor families need to fix.

Peddle this simplistic and racist garbage and you will be given a column at The New York Times. It always pays to suck up to rich white families. If you are black and parrot this line, rich white people are overcome with joy. They go to extreme lengths to give you a platform. You can become president or a Supreme Court justice. You can get a television talk show or tenure at a university. You can get money for your foundation. You can publish self-help books. Your films will be funded. You might even be hired to run a company.

Rich white families, their sycophants opine, have tried to help. Rich white families have given poor people numerous resources and government programs to lift them out of poverty. They have provided generous charity. But blacks, they say, along with other poor people of color, are defeated by self-destructive attitudes and behavior. Government programs are therefore wasted on these irresponsible people. Poor families, the sycophants tell us, will not be redeemed until they redeem themselves. We want to help, rich white people say, but poor black people need to pull up their pants, stay in school, get an education, find a job, say no to drugs and respect authority. If they don’t, they deserve what they get. And what the average black family ends up with in economic terms is a nickel for every dollar held by the average white family.

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http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_pathology_of_the_rich_white_family_20150517

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Response to KingCharlemagne (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2015, 08:53 PM

1. we owe an apology to the mafia

If the gambino family, or any mafia family worth their salt, produced people whpo screwed up so bad as the Bushes, they would have been given cement shoes a long time ago. Double that for the Bloods, Crips, and Ms-13.

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Response to DonCoquixote (Reply #1)

Sun May 17, 2015, 09:44 PM

3. Hedges looks unflinchingly at the world and puts it bluntly. He's a national treasure. - nt

 

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Response to KingCharlemagne (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2015, 09:43 PM

2. My hunch

is that a lot of that rich white money was captured not by performing well in the marketplace or by knowing how to do anything particularly useful but by knowing the right people on the inside of Wall Street/hedge funds, corporate management, and/or Congress. In other words, some variation on insider trading/"networking." It could be so common and refined by now that the SEC could never keep up even if they wanted to.

I, too, am sick of the degradation and hate heaped on those less corrupt/fortunate.

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Response to moondust (Reply #2)

Sun May 17, 2015, 09:45 PM

4. A famous Frenchman, Balzac, once observed that "Behind every great

 

fortune lies a great crime." I think you and he would be in hearty agreement on most substantive matters.

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