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George Orwell - The Road to Wigan Pier - Chapter 11
On the other hand,
it would be a mistake to regard the book-trained Socialist as a bloodless
creature entirely incapable of emotion. Though seldom giving much evidence
of affection for the exploited, he is perfectly capable of displaying
hatred--a sort of queer, theoretical, in vacua hatred--against the
exploiters. Hence the grand old Socialist sport of denouncing the
bourgeoisie. It is strange how easily almost any Socialist writer can lash
himself into frenzies of rage against the class to which, by birth or by
adoption, he himself invariably belongs. Sometimes the hatred of bourgeois
habits and 'ideology' is so far-reaching that it extends even to bourgeois
characters in books.

On previous page:
I had reduced everything to
the simple theory that the oppressed are always right and the oppressors
are always wrong: a mistaken theory, but the natural result of being one of
the oppressors yourself.
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13 days ago by dmg46664
Roger Cohen on Trump and the Erosion of American Greatness - SPIEGEL ONLINE
"To refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain 'the last best hope of earth' for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.
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Tech workers' stock options turn into tax nightmares - Chicago Tribune
"We're trying to do the moral thing and pay our taxes. Look where it's gotten us," said Jaweed Mahmud, 36, a business development manager at Cisco who said his tax bill is in the six-figure range.

Supporters of the bill argue that the victims aren't rich people. "A lot of them are young, recent graduates," Lofgren said. "Some of them have been downsized, and in addition to being downsized and having their stock completely tank and be worthless, now they're being taxed on income they never had."
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