What the Rich Won’t Tell You - The New York Times


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What the Rich Won’t Tell You
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11 days ago by adamthelibrarian
By not mentioning money, my interviewees follow a seemingly neutral social norm that frowns on such talk. But this norm is one of the ways in which privileged people can obscure both their advantages and their conflicts about these advantages.

And, as they try to be “normal,” these wealthy and affluent people deflect the stigma of wealth. If they can see themselves as hard workers and reasonable consumers, they can belong symbolically to the broad and legitimate American “middle,” while remaining materially at the top.

These efforts respond to widespread judgments of the individual behaviors of wealthy people as morally meritorious or not. Yet what’s crucial to see is that such judgments distract us from any possibility of thinking about redistribution. When we evaluate people’s moral worth on the basis of where and how they live and work, we reinforce the idea that what matters is what people do, not what they have. With every such judgment, we reproduce a system in which being astronomically wealthy is acceptable as long as wealthy people are morally good.

Calls from liberal and left social critics for advantaged people to recognize their privilege also underscore this emphasis on individual identities. For individual people to admit that they are privileged is not necessarily going to change an unequal system of accumulation and distribution of resources.

Instead, we should talk not about the moral worth of individuals but about the moral worth of particular social arrangements. Is the society we want one in which it is acceptable for some people to have tens of millions or billions of dollars as long as they are hardworking, generous, not materialistic and down to earth? Or should there be some other moral rubric, that would strive for a society in which such high levels of inequality were morally unacceptable, regardless of how nice or moderate its beneficiaries are?
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12 days ago by celine
Over lunch in a downtown restaurant, Beatrice, a New Yorker in her late 30s, told me about two decisions she and her husband were considering. They were thinking about where to buy a second home and whether their young children should go to private school. via Pocket
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“The choices that I have are obscene. Six-dollar bread is obscene.”

MY ROSEMARY OLIVE OIL BREAD IS $5 A LOAF THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

When I asked one very wealthy stay-at-home mother what her family’s assets were, she was taken aback. “No one’s ever asked me that, honestly,” she said. “No one asks that question. It’s up there with, like, ‘Do you masturbate?’ ”

LOL AS I LIKE TO SAY, IT'S THE LAST TABOO
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12 days ago by maoxian
Over lunch in a downtown restaurant, Beatrice, a New Yorker in her late 30s, told me about two decisions she and her husband were considering. They were thinking about where to buy a second home and whether their young children should go to private school. via Pocket
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“There’s nobody who knows how much we spend. You’re the only person I ever said those numbers to out loud.”
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13 days ago by alphex
“There’s nobody who knows how much we spend. You’re the only person I ever said those numbers to out loud.”
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13 days ago by my-flow
A great read on how rich Americans' embarrassment at being rich upholds and silences inequality
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13 days ago by anneheathen
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13 days ago by bytebot
RT : Fascinating piece. This is how economic inequality is hidden, justified and maintained in American life.
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14 days ago by kohlmannj
Rachel Sherman/The New York Times, Sept. 8, 2017.
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RT : rich people should be taxed at higher rates for their own mental health
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Over lunch in a downtown restaurant, Beatrice, a New Yorker in her late 30s, told me about two decisions she and her husband were considering. They were thinking about where to buy a second home and whether their young children should go to private school. via Pocket
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14 days ago by drewcaldwell
“the nanny is no doubt aware of the class gap whether or not she knows the price of her employer’s bread.”
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14 days ago by bdeskin
RT : rich people should be taxed at higher rates for their own mental health
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14 days ago by Reneelloyd
Interesting article on how the rich hide their wealth to avoid the discomfort of inequality. Read the comments though and it's 90% people asking for handouts from the rich.

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Over lunch in a downtown restaurant, Beatrice, a New Yorker in her late 30s, told me about two decisions she and her husband were considering. They were thinking about where to buy a second home and whether their young children should go to private school. Then she made a confession: She took the price tags off her clothes so that her nanny would not see them. “I take the label off our six-dollar bread,” she said.

She did this, she explained, because she was uncomfortable with the inequality between herself and her nanny, a Latina immigrant. She had a household income of $250,000 and inherited wealth of several million dollars. Relative to the nanny, she told me, “The choices that I have are obscene. Six-dollar bread is obscene.”

An interior designer I spoke with told me his wealthy clients also hid prices, saying that expensive furniture and other items arrive at their houses “with big price tags on them” that “have to be removed, or Sharpied over, so the housekeepers and staff don’t see them.”
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14 days ago by gdubz
rich people should be taxed at higher rates for their own mental health
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rich people should be taxed at higher rates for their own mental health
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14 days ago by girma
rich people should be taxed at higher rates for their own mental health
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14 days ago by marks
•Fascinating• portrait of how the wealthy perceive themselves. Nuanced, sympathetic, troubling, and hopeful.
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RT : On socioeconomic class: "[the wealthy] must appear worthy of privilege for their privilege to be seen as legitimate"
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14 days ago by archizoo