My IPS colleague, Sam Pizzigati, has a feature in his newsletter on inequality, Too Much, he calls “Petulant Plutocrat of the Month.” Sam has no troubling identifying a different petulant plutocrat each month. When he used to publish on a weekly basis, he had no trouble identifying one a week.
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Back to petulant plutocrats. Let’s call this woman Tammy and I encountered on a recent flight the “petulant wannabe plutocrat of the month.” She was obviously not a plutocrat, as she was merely flying first class, as opposed to owning her own jet. But she has the petulant part down pat. Here’s the scene:
Our friend had boarded the plane first with her fellow first-class travelers. For some reason, she had gone momentarily beyond the first-class section and was trying to return against the tide of coach passengers then boarding, Tammy and I among them. By then, she was just behind the last row of first-class, where her traveling companion was sitting. In a voice she had to have known was audible to all around to her, she exclaimed, “Ugh, the hordes are coming!”
That’s petulance, and it’s how far too many of our wealthiest view the rest of us.
Time for the pitchforks, if you ask me.