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The Real Sense of Entitlement
It comes as no surprise that the very wealthy regard the rest of us with contempt. Romney's '47%' speech just shows us how the 1% feel about people who have to work for a living.
What I think is more revealing is the part where Romney claims to have inherited nothing. The very wealthy are socialized to believe that they deserve everything they have, including power. So they tend to accept such obviously false beliefs. That is the real sense of entitlement in the US, not people who believe they are entitled to health care, food, or housing — which, in fact, they are entitled to under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
People who have so much unmerited privilege resent that the rest of us don't accept their superiority. That feeling, that sense of entitlement, is what makes Romney a disgusting plutocrat.
The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life. Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the means of production, abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the Earth. -- IWW
In a democracy it is necessary that people should learn to endure having their sentiments outraged. -- Bertrand Russell
Let us strangle the last king with the entrails of the last priest. -- Denis Diderot
It's not that no one sees the straight line to Doomtown we've been on since Reagan, it's that there's big profits in it. The most superficially Christian and Other-Worldly-Yearning nation in the developed world is the one most likely to kill you for your shoes. -- Doghouse Riley
The true purpose of education is to try to foster in students a kind of critical cosmopolitanism, such that they learn, among other things, to question any notion that one’s nation or tribe is favored by God or destiny. -- Michael Bérubé
It is not enough to decry the existence of the Spectacle. We intend to use both art and theory as a battering ram against Capitalism and its false opposition, tribalism, in all of its mystical forms. We believe it is possible to move beyond the inexcusable savagery of everyday life. -- The Anti-Naturals
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