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  •  It's a philosophy, not an addiction (5+ / 0-)
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    Sure, you find more than a few compulsive gamblers on Wall Street.

    But a fundamental part of social conservatism is the "winner takes all" mentality.  And it's "winning" (like everything else, "winning" means something different to the other side) that's at work there.  If you make $99,000,000 and I only make $98,500,000, I'm a loser and destined to failure.  This is because social conservatism considers these transactions to be prime indicators of one's moral worth in a culture driven by "morality."  Anything else, positive or negative, that might explain it is not to the point, except to the extent that it explains the moral narrative.

    At the same time, since it's conservative ideology, ultimately nobody is free of sin.  (And this philosophy exists whether or not there are explicit religious overtones.  Ayn Rand was an athiest but embraced this as fervently as any prosperity theology huckster.)

    •  Once you identify wealth as a sign of God's favor, (4+ / 0-)
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      or just a sign that you are the top dog and better than everyone else, then you need more and more to maintain your place.  You can always find someone who is better than you at almost anything or who has more money than you.  You move in higher and higher circles and it just gets worse not better.

      And plenty of people are sinners in conservative ideology.  Everyone is but those who demonstrate they are of the Elect by making tons of money.  You don't have to be a Calvinist to believe this way.

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      by Mimikatz on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 09:11:09 AM PST

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      •  That is why publishing top salaries (2+ / 0-)
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        of Wall Street types led to even higher salaries at the top over all.  I read that somewhere.  Once CEO Schmuck could see that he was making less than CEO Jerk, he had to have more.  Then CEO Jerk wanted more.  Rinse, repeat,

        "A developed country is not where the poor have cars. It's where the rich use public transportation." - Mayor of Bogota

        by Time Waits for no Woman on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 10:56:30 AM PST

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