posted on Dec, 6 2011 @ 10:05 PM
I ran across a disturbing article on the Naked Capitalist. Bear in the mind, this Andrew gentleman has a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Harvard, so this is
likely to be valid since he has access to very high uppercrust folks.
To begin, [t]he natural outcome of the voluntary transactions between… private property owners is decidedly nonegalitarian, hierarchical, and
elitist . After all, the “permanently” rich and the “permanently” poor are usually rich or poor for a reason. The rich are
characteristically bright and industrious, and the poor typically dull, lazy, or both. [96-97]
ANDREW: You talk almost as if lower-class people were so different from productive geniuses that they form a separate subspecies.
CNC: Well, there is something to that.
This is really quite disturbing and smacks very loudly of 1985.
Aside from this, his assertions are basely. If you look at people who have actually contributed to science and culture, you'll find that many of them
are not from the upper class. You'll also find that many of them died paupers, particularly those who contributed to art and literature.
I also find issue with the likely outcomes of this diatribe. If the lower class form a separate and inferior sub-species, then it could be argued that
they don't deserve certain rights. Within one or two generations, it becomes an issue where those in the lower class, no matter how bright and
industrious they are, cannot rise out of their situation because it is automatically assumed that they are inferior and stupid simply because of birth
Also, arguing that the truly bright and industrious will rise out of the situation regardless of obstacles is ridiculous. Could there have been a
black mayor in the South during the Jim Crow era? Could an Irishman have founded a steel empire during the potato famine? Ideas about working hard and
overcoming adversity don't work when one is met with a solid culture of discrimination.
Orwell wrote 1984, but he also wrote another book called Animal Farm. Eventually the laws are replaced with: "All animals are equal, but some animals
are more equal than others." Sounds a lot like what this guy is shooting for, doesn't it?
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