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  •  Thanks for making my point (2+ / 0-)

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    by davej on Thu Aug 26, 2010 at 08:47:31 AM PDT

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    •  The give me it all..is prevelant in the rich.. (2+ / 0-)

      I sure hope that is where you are going with this.

      F the right wing whiners. I don't care about them any more they can all F themselves for all I care.

      by UndercoverRxer on Thu Aug 26, 2010 at 08:51:28 AM PDT

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      •  I think it tends to be across all classes (0+ / 0-)

        The consumerist mentality of the west, but particularly in the US, is corrosive.  It emphasizes rights over obligations instead of recognizing that there must be an equal balance between rights and obligations. A hyper-focus on rights breaks down the idea of community; it pushes off responsibility for our neighbor to some other faceless ambiguity and promotes a "not my problem" attitude.

        I agree with you that the mentality is prevelant among the rich, and hence the massive loopholes and exceptions that are part of so many laws -- to the extent laws do not often apply equally to people.  But I do think that there is a pervasive selfishness in U.S. culture that infects all classes.

        •  And that pervasive selfishness.. (1+ / 0-)
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          is a result of 60 yrs of constant hammering of buy buy buy buy crap you don't need, foisted on the population by the wealthy in order to make a few more bucks. Add in the ridiculous obsession by many on the left about childrens self-esteem with no balancing discussion of responsibility, and you have the disaster we see at this point in time.

          F the right wing whiners. I don't care about them any more they can all F themselves for all I care.

          by UndercoverRxer on Thu Aug 26, 2010 at 09:12:05 AM PDT

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