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Friday, June 29, 2012

6 interviews, dishwasher to billionaire, with each person making 5 times more than the previous

the story:
http://www.gq.com/news-politics/big-issues/201207/amber-waves-of-green-jon-ronson-gq-july-2012

Interesting synopsis, via PZMeyers:

Jon Ronson has an interesting take on American economic disparities: He interviews 6 people, each one with 5 times the income of the previous one, going from an immigrant dishwasher to a billionaire.

Each story is worth reading, but the overall take is bizarre: all the people at the bottom of the ladder rationalize their position, saying that they wouldn’t want the worries of the next person up, while pitying the one below them. Except the guy at the top: he’s just angry at all those slackers below him. You can see how the system maintains itself, and why nobody is getting outraged at the tax disparities in this country.
http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2012/06/29/depressing-stories-about-income-inequity