Hate the Super Rich

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MonoployMoneybagsBy Joel S. Hirschhorn

There are times when hatred is a needed, logical and moral stance to take.  Evil, injustice and corruption are fine examples of what to appropriately hate.  For the overwhelming majority of people it is now rational to hate the super rich, notably the thousands of billionaires holding most of the world’s wealth and wielding power over political and economic systems.  They have been successfully raping the global economy and while doing that have kept increasing their wealth as well as economic inequality afflicting ordinary people.  One dollar, one vote describes the new reality.

Before discussing some basic reasons to hate the super rich consider some facts about them.

How many billionaires are there?  According to the inaugural Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2013, the global billionaire population reached a record 2,170 individuals in 2013, with a combined net worth of $6.5 trillion.  What happened after the most recent global economic meltdown?  Some 810 individuals became billionaires since the 2009 global financial crisis.  In other words, plain millionaires moved up to billionaire status.

But the super rich include many more than the billionaires, because the top one percent on the economic scale have monster size wealth, according to a new report Working for the Few.  The one percent of the richest people in the world have $110 trillion.  That equates to some 65 times the total wealth of the bottom half of the world’s population.  But among the millions of the top one percent, the richest 85 people, true billionaires, have wealth equal to the bottom half of the world’s population.  As to the US, the wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of post-financial crisis growth since 2009, while the bottom 90 percent became poorer.  That leaves 9 percent, about 30 million Americans, in the upper class that did very well as they strive to make it into the top one percent.

When people talk about economic, wealth or income inequality they are really talking about the incredibly small fraction of the richest people relative to the larger population that still are not sharing in the global jackpot, no matter how hard they work.  Inequality means that money is not being fairly distributed.  There have been times in history when prosperity was shared, as in the several decades after World War II.

No surprise that only 7 percent of Americans, according to a Gallup report, currently feel “very satisfied” with our nation’s distribution of income and wealth.  Similarly, a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that 81 percent of Americans believe the economy is working very or fairly well for the wealthy, compared to 22 percent for the middle class.

Why hate the super rich and the rising economic inequality that benefits them?

This distorted economic system means that democracy is more delusional than real.  Consider this: Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said, “We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of the few, but we cannot have both.”  Truly wise words.

The near total lack of public confidence in Congress, both major political parties and the whole political system by Americans goes hand-in-hand with the perverted economic system.  You have every right to hate the super rich because for a long time in many visible and invisible ways they have intentionally manipulated the political system to create and maintain the unjust economic system.  Their economic power gives them political power.  Rather than one person one vote, think in terms of one dollar one vote.

Hate the super rich because their degree of wealth and power is obscene.

Hate the super rich because they persecute the vast majority of people worldwide.  Some of the super rich play up their charitable activities, but that does not negate all the evil consequences of economic inequality on the daily lives of billions of people.

Hate the super rich because their greed is ungodly.  If true democracy is to be restored, then Americans need to be much more than dissatisfied.  They need to get more emotional.  They need to hate.  Then they must convert that hatred into political demands and actions.


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3 comments on “Hate the Super Rich
  1. According to some this has the signs of an addiction not unlike that of certain forms of exercise bulimia and money addiction. They get their particular “high” off of money as well as acquiring it. And like other addicts, they are not to particular about how they get their “fix”.

    Having spent a good deal of time myself with various addicts, i can assure you the behavior is very, very similar. Also like addicts, threaten to take away their fix and they go positively insane.

    Just one of the many things to consider.

  2. That’s an interesting observation Chris. While I have never had the opportunity to rub shoulders with the super rich, my small experience around some of those who are very wealthy was interesting. It seemed to me there was a lot of casual conversation referencing their wealth or manifestations of it. I took it as a type of class approved discussion, or an acceptable form of bragging. For sure, it seemed that wealthy was a constant bonding focus – much like mens repeated referencing of sports and use of sports analogies (among other things). OR that they were very insecure about their wealth and were seeking approval and support from peers of their social class.

    I must say that my sampling pool has been relatively small (less than 100 people), and the social environments were primarily fund raising. Outside that environment and in 1 on 1 situations (less than 10 people in extended interaction) I generally saw much less of the “wealth flashing” though it was still present.

    When we enter the realm of the super rich we are dealing with a very exclusive and relatively small club. Those richest 85 surely have extremely interwoven interests, and addiction or not would (and do) jointly mobilize to advance and protect them.

  3. The rich today are unlike those I had a chance to rub noses with when I live down in Naples Fl. – Port Royal.
    These are more of the nouveau riche or the bourgeois that became rich. Retaining their snotty, snobby entitled attitude.

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