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  •  But that would help non-rich people, too (4+ / 0-)
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    kovie, dfarrah, happymisanthropy, elwior

    See Thorstein Veblen, The Theory of the Leisure Class, about the imperative not only to be rich, but to be as much richer, more powerful, and more important than everybody else as possible, and to let everybody know it. As Gore Vidal put it,

    It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 09:07:36 AM PDT

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    •  So they're more interested in being (2+ / 0-)
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      relatively richer than absolutely rich? Austerity will ultimate make them less rich, but so long as they're richer, in comparison, that's preferable? I don't know if this qualifies as psychotic, but it's got to be close.

      In any case, all the more reason to not give a flying fuck what they want.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 09:09:44 AM PDT

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      •  it's not psychotic (1+ / 0-)
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        it's rational when you understand that, like Koch, they only want their fair share:  all of it.

        Your end of the Constitution is sinking.

        by happymisanthropy on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 12:05:05 PM PDT

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        •  All of what, though? (1+ / 0-)
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          A less prosperous and productive society means less in real worth to them. They want a bigger slice of a smaller pie. That's psychotic.

          And it IS psychotic--ok, sociopathic--to want everything, because it necessarily means that everyone else has nothing.

          "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

          by kovie on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 12:34:12 PM PDT

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