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  •  that's an interesting deduction. i see it (3+ / 0-)
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    YucatanMan, Noddy, cai

    as more of a manifestation of their hubris -- the same hubris which drove the asshole wall street bankers to gamble away the country's treasury simply b/c they could -- & that they had rigged the system so they would never be punished for it, either.

    the superclass really believes none of the climate change horrors that are forecast will impact them much, if at all.  they operate under the assumption that they will be sufficiently protected from any real danger -- just like in poe's masque of the red death (read it, if you haven't -- it's amazingly apropos for our time).

    i read a piece on the guardian (i think) the other day, about how when humans acquire wealth it makes them insensitive to the needs of their fellow man, kind of like they have become austistic in their ability to be so unfeeling towards others.

    btw, excellent diary.  i hope you'll follow up if you get a reply from kraphammer.

    •  If you still have that link, could you pass it on? (2+ / 0-)
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      I read that too, and haven't been able to find it again.

      Basically was saying at a certain point people's money isolates them from the concerns of others. Having money, in a sense, makes you more selfish, not less!

      it was so interesting, but I was busy at the time, thought I'd come back and never found the exact article I was looking for.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 06:08:53 PM PDT

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      •  i tried to find it but didn't have much luck. (0+ / 0-)

        i do so much online research, i sometimes get confused about where i saw something.  sorry.

        •  Same here. I found an article, but it wasn't the (0+ / 0-)

          exact same one I saw earlier.  The one I was looking for talked more about how people changed as their incomes rose. So even those who did not start out wealthy gradually lost all empathy with the poor and became more selfish and demanding.  They became impatient, insistent, even dishonest because they "deserved" to get what they wanted.

          "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

          by YucatanMan on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 09:19:44 AM PDT

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