Here’s What You Shouldn’t Have
In a reply to my blog entitled “Aristophobia”, it was suggested to me that hatred for rich people is acceptable if they have “unnecessary” wealth, which was defined as:
The wealthy that go on useless vacations, paying 800 dollars a night for 2 hotel rooms, or the wealthy that buy an unnecessarily big house with unnecessarily big TV with an unnecessarily big sound system and an unnecessarily big pool and an unnecessarily big backyard and an unnecessarily big play structure (which their kids don’t use, the fatasses prefer Xbox.)
In our economic hierarchy, terms like “useless vacations”, “unnecessarily big”, “obscene wealth”, “too much”, etc, are merely trite buzzwords that are used to attempt justification of anti-rich sentiments. What are the specific, objective measurements of these qualities? You may think $70,000 is too much, I may think 10 billion is too much, and some may even say any amount of money is too much… so if we’re all correct, then simultaneously we all must be wrong as well.
The bottom line: If you do not believe in absolute human equality, meaning no one person has anything more or less than the other person, then it is frivolous to condemn one another for their possessions regardless of what amount they have… (I will post on why economic equality is absurd as well at a later date).
The reason the logic fails is because if “necessary” is based on a concrete value (IE. essential for continued survival), then the majority of the luxuries that we’ve created as a species for entertainment and comfort would fall into the category of nonessential, so then the measurement of “unnecessarily big”, “obscene wealth”, “too much”, and whatever else would be extended to include millions of people, not just what we want to consider “rich” because it serves our prejudices. Afterall, are we the authority of what luxuries people aren’t allowed to have? What role should the less fortunate play in deciding what the fortunate should not have? Would you want somebody with less than you having the power to prevent you from having more than them? These subjective qualities and conditions can be debated endlessly and will ultimately result in providing no justification for the hatred of “the rich” as intended. So let’s move on….
In the romanticism of Class War politics, the cold hard facts are often ignored like the fat chick at the party who gets fucked and then forgotten about as sobriety returns. It happens all the time….
Let’s look at a few of these reasons why we hate the rich:
- Useless Vacations
- Unnecessarily Big TV
- $800 Hotel Rooms
- Unnecessarily Big Pool & Backyard.
Wouldn’t it make more sense to be pissed off at the pirates who buried all that gold and never got to use it? The real reality of the situation is, these rich bastards are putting their money to work, which puts society to work, which creates more work, more economy, more players on the board…hence a better game.
Think about the man who owns a vacation resort who employs bartenders, maids, chefs, managers, etc, etc, and buys liquor, food, drinks, music, entertainment, etc…What good is it to him if he does not have people going on vacation to accommodate? Is everybody who has a vested interest in the rich asshole that goes on vacation supposed to hate him? Maybe, but that’s the price of a functioning economy.
What about the big screen TV? Where are all the engineers supposed to find jobs when the rich man stops buying his big screen televisions? How about the big pool? What good is it to the cement plant, the landscape architects, the pool boys, the chemist who supplies the chlorine if the rich man stops buying his big fancy pools? The list goes on….
Leonard Read’s I, Pencil illustrates this point phenomenally. It shows us that all the things in our every day life are made conveniently available to us despite our complete lack of knowledge on how it came into existence, how it functions, or how to recreate it once they’re gone… the things that we rely on exist because of the pricing system, the profit motive, and mankind’s abject self-interest and eternal will to make a dollar.
As said before, the hatred of these people who have more is not only unjustified, it is embarrassing and pathetic… the tormented rhetoric of envy… Like the ugly bitches who hate the hotties… so sad =(