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    encapsulated in the dictum, "if they want to be equal let them be equally deprived," and for almost four decades money was the tool with which this wholesale deprivation was to be achieved, and has been, quite successfully achieved. That 99% are financially worse off than they used to be is not a happenstance. The dollar and discriminatory legislation worked together to achieve that result.
    The thing to consider is that segregationists are not motivated by antagonism towards one ethnic group or another. Rather, they seek to exclude because they desire to be exclusive and being exclusive means somebody (anybody, really) has to be shut out.
    Money seemed like such a neutral tool for arriving at exclusivity. If now it turns out that the inherently democratic nature of the dollar defies exclusivity, that's very upsetting. Without money and the law at their back and call, how will the exclusives demonstrate their superiority to everyone else?

    I think we should all take another look at "Pretty Woman." People who thrive on putting other people down are a sorry lot.
    As a former New Yorker I can only ask "where does Barney's get off putting on such airs?" I wouldn't be caught dead shopping there. But then, I don't shop anywhere, if I can help it. The retail experiences has really been degraded since I worked at Macy's during the x-mas holidays while I was in college.

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