Updates on the Frontiers of Social Darwinism

I’ve written before about the mindset of the wealthy, the attitude that they are inherently superior life forms and that those of us who don’t get as rich as they are are simply not worthy, and, further, if we have to suffer because of things like income inequality, well, we should just “suck it up and cope.”

Matthew Hutson, writing over at Slate, has an update on new research into what is being called “social class essentialism.” It’s worth a read, even though no amount of fact will dislodge the entrenched attitude that the rich are simply better than the rest of us in the minds of the rich and their sycophants.

If that gets too depressing, go back and look at one of my favorite essays, from Bertrand Russell, “In Praise of Idleness.”



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