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Meet the Richerals

February 24th, 2014 - 1:41 pm

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The new millennium has also given us a new American profile — the hip richeral. Richerals are, of course, well off. But they are even more cool and liberal. The two facts are not so much incompatible, as complementary.

For some, big money allows three things: wealth’s cocoon enables you to dream safely about utopia rather than being laid off and broke; it exempts you from worrying much about the high taxes and regulations needed to pay for your redistributionist fantasy agendas; and it gives you the influence, capital, and opportunities to flee from the messy ramifications of your own ideology.

The other side of being liberal is just as important for the richerals. Guilt is a primordial human emotion — usually in civilization’s history assuaged by religion and the accompanying fear of damnation in the hereafter. But richerals are more likely than average to be either agnostic or atheistic. Yet that fact does not mean that they feel any less guilty about unfairness and inequality. So they do have deities of sorts — a hip Olympic pantheon of race, class, gender, and environmental gods. Their own privilege — be it the techie lifestyle of the Silicon Valley, the Ivy League quad, the Malibu gated estate, the Montana getaway, the Upper West Side ambiance — even under Obama just cannot yet be extended to everyone.

And that’s the rub, isn’t it? How can a richeral be redistributionist and statist when such ideologies are targeted at one’s own cherished lifestyle? So penance, medieval exemption, and confessions step in as civilization’s age-old remedies for the guilt of such a pious sinner.

Wear jeans as you board your jet. Listen to rap as you review your stock options. Champion a baitfish. Hate Sarah Palin. Make Travyon into a symbol of resistance. Amnesty for your gardener and nannie alike. Being a richeral apparently means you never have to say you are sorry about the means you used to get your cash, why you mean to keep and expand it, and how you plan to pass it on to your richeral kids.

Barack Obama came to Fresno last week to address the drought. He did not mention the diversions over the last five years of precious irrigation water out to sea. Nor did he talk of any possible funding to build new mountain reservoirs. Instead, he talked mostly of climate change and some new federal loans to address it. We were to assume that both the record cold, ice, and snow back east (that the president fled from) and the record lack of rain here in the West were due to man-made global warming. In terms of “climate change” reductionism, anything counts — a drought or a monsoon, ice or fire, the doldrums or hurricanes, occurring on average, below average, or above average.

In other words, for Obama the drought was sort of like pushing radical new gun control laws in reaction to the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy: another occasion to demagogue a political agenda that most likely has nothing to do with addressing the problem at hand.

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There's nothing to expose. Their lifestyles and their political activities are all out in the open and nobody cares. Cognitive dissonance makes hypocrisy go away.
42 weeks ago
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I think you're missing the point. How would you like it if a fellow citizen kept lecturing you not to eat a certain delicacy, while doing that same thing ten times more frequently than you?

How would you feel if that person kept trying to punish you for same with fines and jail-time, while gaming the system to preclude himself from any such punishments?

What if this person started expanding his censures to almost everything you do, using patently absurd rationales to do so? Would you not grow to despise this hypocrite?
42 weeks ago
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Millionaires and billionaires...and Leninaires.

Can we move Tom Friedman's house to Beijing?

Sean Penn's to Caracas?

Paul Krugman to Moscow?

Oliver Stone has called Obama a shallow and spineless man. Because he is not leftist...enough. Stone wants Obama to start acting in a more aggressively totalitarian way. Obama could start by confiscating everything Stone owns, siccing the IRS, FBI, DOJ, and FCC on him.

Leninaires come in a few forms. The trust fund babies who got their wealth and their Lenin red diapers at an early age.

Or those that marry into money, Herman Munster in Spandex, windsurfing and hiding your yacht to avoid taxes...but not likely to get in deep water with the IRS, which is an arm of the fascist left at present.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/02/the-irs-assault-on-the-first-amendment-a-short-course.php

(a MUST SEE video, btw)

Leftists are not liberal. The environ- mental patients don't care about the environment they treat as a plaything. Peaceniks are not anti-war....nor do they particularly mind violence.

Gun runners to drug cartels do not mind gangbangers with firearms.

Obamacare inventors don't care about healthcare or insurance coverage...and their tech department doesn't give a Tinker's Dam about web design or security.

It's a game of thrones and daggers. Leninaires don't just want to make sure they get theirs....they want to make sure they get theirs...and yours.

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The delusional leftys have no guilt. They live in a bubble. They don't think about what you, Dr Hanson, have so clearly stated. They lie to themselves constantly and they believe all their own lies. They don't have friends who think any differently than they do. They have no insight. They are the pendulum shift
from the conformity and conservatism of the 1950s.
42 weeks ago
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And speaking about delusional, no insight and living in a bubble: Imagine getting federal money for a train that will never be built but not budgeting for water infrastructure or desalinization plants. Pity the other western states that don't border an ocean.
42 weeks ago
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I don't disagree with Dr. Hanson, I rarely do, but why does he write these pieces? The people who deserve the shaming pay no attention. It's spitting into the wind and preaching to the choir at the same time. At least in this essay he didn't invoke hubris and nemesis, because a day of reckoning, comeuppance and backlash aren't happening any time soon, in fact, not even in the lifetimes of anybody reading this essay.
42 weeks ago
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Is it really guilt?
Does multi-billionaire Bruce Springsteen don the peasant apparel and promote Obamacare and other leftist claptrap out of guilt? I'm inclined to think it's more of the herd mentality. They belong to the leftist herd and so they subscribe to leftist thinking, if one can call it thinking.
42 weeks ago
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Dear Dr,

I must take issue with the following statement:

"And while I can move to telecommute from Stockton or Modesto, the farmer cannot move his almond trees elsewhere."

A richeral would never be caught living in Stockton or Modesto. They would be disinvited from their fellow richeral cocktail parties.
42 weeks ago
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Screw Stockton and Modesto. Let them try Fresno or any of the midsize inland California towns that started the slide to being third-world forty years ago when over-regulation of business started getting REALLY out of control. What used to be working-class neighborhoods have turned into barrios and meth hoods. The richerals saw the bread and butter of the working class and the small business owners and decided, "You didn't build that. We'll take that, and we'll give it to the [ever-larger] welfare class. IT'S FOR THE CHILDREN!"
42 weeks ago
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All we need is minorities to scream "We want water!" and then the delta smelt be damned.
42 weeks ago
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Dr. Hanson how do we change the minds of all those Obama phone recipient's that they are being taken for fools?
42 weeks ago
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I wish it could be done, but the truth is that it's better to accept that nothing is going to change until the middle class in California is so nonexistent that the richerals have two choices: raise taxes on themselves, or cut people off welfare. Set your exit strategy and get out with what you can, or in five to ten years, you'll be walking out with nothing. It's the Dust Bowl in reverse.
42 weeks ago
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Finally,

I have been saying that capitalists are the problem and capitalism must be severely controlled. My so-called friends on the left have always said no, but here at PJmedia I have finally found people who think like I do. We must destroy all capitalists at once. It doesn't matter if they are liberal or conservative, capitalists are the ones hogging all the resources and destroying our world.

Thank you Victor. Let the class war begin.
42 weeks ago
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Seriously?
A couple of things could have prevented California from being where it is today:
1) Build water infrastructure (reservoirs and aqueducts) as you grow your population. Instead, California's environmentalist lobby has ensured forty or more years of population growth and NO new water infrastructure.
2) Stop over-regulation of business. Instead, the richerals regulate business so much that small business is almost extinct, while the Google and Silicon Valley rich are capable of paying for compliance.
3) Stop subsidizing idleness in the form of endless welfare with no work requirements. But that's mean-spirited, or racist, or something.
4) Put the violent in jail and keep them there! But rather than growing a tax base by keeping low taxes and business-friendly, reasonable regulation, every time California has a budget crisis, services are cut while welfare dollars stay at the same level and taxes get raised. Translation: California infrastructure is crumbling while business and the middle class flee the state, and the remaining middle class has to pick up the tab, because the welfare class isn't going anywhere.

In short, California's problems are NOT caused by capitalists. They're caused by idiots who won't stop electing zealot leftists.

But, hey, I left ten years ago. I'm in a business-friendly red state now. I'm part of the shrinking tax base that is breathing free air and paying our revenues to rational, small-government states.

DEUCES, SUCKA!
42 weeks ago
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Since you twist and lie about the article, one must wonder about the 'housebroken' part, too. Go change your Depends!
42 weeks ago
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Just so you know, Mandy Matters, I liked your comment and I have no idea why it was removed.
42 weeks ago
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Capitalist are not the problem. Crony capitalist and Big Government are the problem. Mix in a little Hollywood elite and the fix is in.
42 weeks ago
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Kudos Mr. Hanson. That just about covers it. There is plenty of hypocrisy to go around for sure. It must be a terrible burden. Or not.
42 weeks ago
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Another wingnut fantasy from Hanson.
42 weeks ago
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Then you should have no problem addressing the substance of the article.
42 weeks ago
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no doubt the most surprised progs on the planet will be those who think they are safely sitting in their wealthy urban enclaves, when the parasites decide that acting like locust's will get them the bling they believe they are entitled to
42 weeks ago
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The zombies are going to go where the rich and easy meat is.
42 weeks ago
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Not so clear at all: the 'rich and easy meat' has a large police complement around it (given that most of those cops would rather hand out traffic citations, still..)
42 weeks ago
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Just wait until the welfare dollars are cut off and the angry mob grabs their torches and pitchforks. THEN we'll see what happens in Venezu... I mean, In California. Richerals in action.
42 weeks ago
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Blue state and blue city cops are themselves close to elites. A unionized cop in a Blue state or city is a good gig and a cop with a little initiative to work the assignments that give premium pay and suck up to the boss for nice OT assignments can make well over $100K/yr. That isn't "richeral," but the cop considers himself more like the "richerals" than like ordinary wage earners.
42 weeks ago
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Yes, which is why such union police officers have been given the "hands-off the illegal alien" orders by their superiors for even egregious offenses; deportation or jail would remove a significant number of the current and potential Democrat voting base whose local sales tax dollars goes into city coffers. Gotta fund the retirement systems at all costs.
42 weeks ago
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I thought zombies liked brains.
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