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Then They Fight You: Plutocrats on the Defensive Against Social Justice Movements

Society & Culture  (tags: Billionaire, United States, inequality, wealth, Tom Perkins, social justice, democracy )

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What is it like to be a billionaire in the United States? According to billionaire venture capitalist Tom Perkins, wealth is a burden made "unbearable" by people of lesser incomes when they demand equality.


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JL A (281)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 12:52 pm
I think, and very effectively done, Tom demonstrated why Jesus said it is harder for a rich man to get to heaven than a camel to fit through the eye of a needle--Jesus was not a Nazi yet he did expect Tom to behave differently towards the poor than he does to become one of Jesus's followers.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 4:09 pm
If it's that f-mmm, unbearable, then give it all away. JL has the right of it..

Kathleen M (208)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 4:10 pm
Noted. Am playing the world's tiniest violin. Poor plutocrats...How they suffer from the vagaries of the 99%, who can't seem to understand the troubles they've seen! Sharpen your pitchforks, everyone. We're going to need them, along with lots of torches. Thanks for posting, Dandelion.

Athena F (131)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 4:32 pm
thank you

fly bird (26)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 4:33 pm
I agree with Joanne. So much good could come of it, so much is needed... why hang onto so much, when you have more than you need.
The only answer might be, that it takes lots of money, to make a lot MORE money/
ty Dandelion

Birgit W (160)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 5:03 pm
Now I feel absolutely sorry for those poor wealthy people, and I am sending them all my love. :-)
But to compare themselves with the Holocaust is indeed ludicrous
I would love to see one of them to work like some elderly ladies do for many hours at Tim Hortons for example, and would like to know if they still think those people are lazy.
The ignorance and arrogance of those people is just mind boggling.

Animae C (509)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 5:57 pm
Excellent comments above, i agree with all.

Thanx Dandelion

Arlene C (28)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 6:42 pm
merci Dandelion et j'ai apprécié vos commentaires

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 6:58 pm
Poor little rich guys ....
Definitely - one solution is to give it away!! Another - spend some time each year working on the shop floor, or in a third world village ...

And maybe, learn a little about reality, realise that perhaps one's preconceptions are completely wrong! (see Hans & Ola Rosling: How Not to Be Ignorant About the World (Video)

I love the last para:
"We don't mind that you're wealthy, we mind that you stole our democracy."
Exactly what we're facing with the TIPP & the TPP, for example!

Carol French (121)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 7:15 pm
I read the article & I don't know if your for or against Tom Perkins & his money??
Because he is a billionaire?

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 8:22 pm
I am not going to pass my hat around for these people Thanks Dandelion

MmAway M (519)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 8:56 pm
Darling Sheryl You always make me look at what is going on! You challenge me! Thx ~ May you be well and truly blessed dear! mm

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 9:20 pm
Noted. Thanks, Dandelion. These wealthy 1%-ers have really turned me into a cynic. They must have ice in their veins. The problem could be easily solved though, just be raising their taxes.....say to the level of when Eisenhower (R) was Pres? How about Reagan?

Melanie L (87)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 11:08 pm
no words.

P A (117)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 12:55 am
This says it all

""We don't mind that you're wealthy, we mind that you stole our democracy.""

Amen to that!

Brilliant comments by everyone - stars everywhere!


Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 4:33 am
It's a perfect example why the cap on Social Security must be removed. The rich pay their fair share so seniors can live decent lives without poverty and debt.

Arild Warud (174)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 4:35 am
Yea,it's must be hard to be filthy rich - imagine how hard is must be to find new ways to avoid paying taxes?

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 4:56 am
Thank you.

divergent revolution (309)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 7:10 am
Turns out the ones that"give it all away"like George Lucas, just took a tax break and created a "foundation"
Thanks Dandelion

Gene Jacobson (288)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 8:40 am
"Just follow the billionaires' example and maybe you can enjoy celebrating extreme wealth and special privilege at everyone else's expense."

Even if that were possible, and it isn't for those who inherited their wealth and so were the proverbial "born on third base and think they hit a triple" people, why would one want to be like these insufferable egotistical fools? JL got it right. These would not be able to spell the word compassion let alone understand the concept.

Lady Suki (446)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 9:56 am
Great post.

Penelope R (178)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 10:29 am
MY GOD, can they be anymore out of touch!!!! Rich pos are the only one now who can run for office.. SO sorry for them...

Edwin M (346)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 12:23 pm
What a POS! Please remember these things and what party is associated with them when you cast your vote. Thanks Sheryl.

Winn Adams (179)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 12:52 pm
Gee maybe I'd better have them over for dinner to console them. I think I'll make mac & cheese from a box.

Ben B (18)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 4:16 pm
Their wealth is built on inheritance and competition. Competition inevitably involves those who "win" and those who "lose". Inherited privilege and wealth created in this environment is built on the misfortune of others; built from the sweat and intellectual effort of workers and others. Such inequitable distribution of wealth between "land-owners" (read owners of wealth producing assets) or capital and workers (those who must sell their labour, whether manual or intellectual, to generate income, i.e. those who don't own wealth producing assets is the source of injustice and unrest in society.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 6:29 pm
Carol, no one is against people that have money, what we are standing against is when you have one person in a system that has more money then they could possibly spend in a thousand lifetime, they are not investing it to be creating opportunities for others, that others who are working for these people make so little that they can't afford to send their children to college, some can't even afford a decent place to live, others struggle to even have the most basic.

That these people while rich beyond measure are not paying living wage nor are they contributing to the tax pool either. They ship their goods across our roads, they use the internet paid by taxpayers, they use the water pumped into their business and factories, yet they don't feel they have to pay to support those systems while the roads crumble and the pipes burst. They want it all and build it upon the loss of others and then feel they don't have to share, nor care about who they hurt in the process. That is what all the people are upset about.

They toot their horn like they did it all by themselves but they forget that nothing is ever done by oneself alone it took many to contribute along the way. This system is not one that works forever and self destructs, it has already eroded the standard of living of many people, is rapes the lands, water, air, and it has destroyed the democracy of Countries over and over. These people leave a wake of misery and then they feel they are the mistreated ones......

I know I speak for myself but I think most others on here would most likely come close to agreement just from the comments I am reading. I hope that explains.

S J (124)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 6:58 pm
I have been wondering where all of these are leading to?
thank you Dandelion

Mariann Rannenberg (158)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 10:17 pm
Thanks, Dandelion, Great article!!! I'd like to challenge a millionaire to live one day in my life. I'd love for them to see what we have to deal with day by day.....

Susan Allen (219)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 10:21 pm
Noted. and shared. Excellent article. It was nice to give all of us "low-lifes" a view into the obviously insane minds of the ultra-rich. There's not much I can add that hasn't been said already. Sheryl, I thought you did an excellent job explaining the situation here. Thanks for sharing this article.

. (0)
Monday October 27, 2014, 4:48 am
Actually I compare Jesus to a democratic socialist. How in hell do you compare the Jews, Gypsies and all the other undesirables who perished in the camps and stalags to the plight of the wealthy? They should take a page out of Great Grandpa Krupp's book. When you worked for Grandpa you were employed for life at a competive wage with benefits. Your children attended schools funded by Krupp Industries. You had health care and you were thankful and didn't begrudge Grandpa his wealth. That is a true capitalist and the GD jokers should take a lesson or two from him. The wealthy were behind every frickin war as well as funding the Nazis and the Communists and that is how their parents got their wealth. Many corporations today have ties to these two groups. The Koch pere made his wealth in oil and developing oil wells in the Soviet Union for Stalin. Get my drift? Regardless of what political system you deploy today it is always the same as in the Soviet Union or here in North America. 10% of the populace controls the wealth.
BTW, how did you get your wealth? Why at the expense of the planet and everything above, on and below the surface of the very host that sustains life.

Terrie Williams (798)
Monday October 27, 2014, 9:55 am
Excellent comments from ma peeps...and....being that I am a Socialist...and y'all know how I feel about these O-Woe-Is-Me-Obscenely-Wealthy-I-Am-So-Above-All-You-Wretched-Unclean-Masses sociopathic POS's......

Eat the rich....

Judy C (91)
Monday October 27, 2014, 1:15 pm
This situation demonstrates that capitalism is fatally flawed. These uber rich people are hopelessly out of touch with reality, and it looks like things are continuing to go downhill for The People. Will they wake up in time? What will it take? Thanks Dandelion.

Don H (45)
Tuesday October 28, 2014, 6:35 am
These people are just a bit out of touch with reality.

Thanks, Dandelion.

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday October 28, 2014, 10:07 am
Their reality and our reality are two different things and they just can't even fathom what our reality is, else they'd not say so foolish or heartless comments. At least I hoped they wouldn't but then again perhaps they know and it is easy to pretend ignorance so they can keep enjoying their lives the way their reality is set up for them.

Sherri G (128)
Friday October 31, 2014, 12:23 am
Americans we must stop this Greed Insanity before there is no more clean water or air, before the ice melts and the seas rise then we can all kiss our ass good bye. If we are lucky the destruction will take the Koch Brothers, Radical Right Wing parties and others in power who lobby and support the top 1% robber barons (corporations & banks). Supporters of ALECS legislation that is slowly taking away all our rights must be stopped. There are those who use Christianity to support their takeover of our democracy. They profess to be Christians but conveniently ignore that Jesus said (paraphrased) - What you do to the least of us you to do also unto me. If Jesus came to earth tomorrow we would likely shoot him as a terrorist because he has a beard is dressed in robes or we would imprison and water board him trying to get him to deny he is JESUS CHRIST demanding he give us his terrorist name. The Patriot act would deny him any right to defend himself and his jailers would ignore his demand to receive a fair trial and be represented thank to the Patriot Act. We cannot be complacent or too busy. We must take the time to research and follow the money of our politicians. All of our politicians must be watched and their empty promises verified. We all must wake up to the reality of what is going on around us NOW. This is not a Democrat vs Republican thing this is “we the 99% “stopping the robber barons. My President that I trusted with my vote biggest contributor is Goldman Sacs. We must stop being complacent, stop buying the robber barons products and services, and vote with our pocket books to stomp out their free ride at our expense. PLEASE TAKE TIME to follow the money then vote. Thank You Dandelion

Catrin Schuetz-Kroehler (47)
Friday October 31, 2014, 3:54 pm
If you have so much that it is even impossible to spend it all in your lifetime why not give a good chunk of it away for a good cause , this way you can at least impact peoples life's or help the environment instead of it going to your deadbeat relatives when you die .
Can not muster up any compassion for the "hardship" they feel for being rich and having to deal with pool people who are just looking for some equality .

Patricia Cannell (818)
Saturday November 1, 2014, 7:52 am

Abo r (107)
Tuesday November 4, 2014, 3:23 pm
Thanks Dandelion
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