November 5, 2013
In Defense of Class Warfare

"It’s petty envy, pure and simple." That’s Elias Isquith’s assessment of what motivates the Tea Party—a simmering rage that someone, somewhere, has more than you do. As John Kramer says, the movement insists, “we must punish success; we must organize envy”—though the movement Kramer is referring to isn’t the Tea Party, but Occupy Wall Street.
It’s not a surprise that left and right are united in sneering at the envy of the other guy. Some vices have a patina of glamour. Hate has an appealing purity; lust the edgy excitement of forbidden pleasure; gluttony at least means you’re eating well. With each of these, to sin is to indulge and to take; you can revel in the strength of your iniquity.
Read more. [Image: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters]

In Defense of Class Warfare

"It’s petty envy, pure and simple." That’s Elias Isquith’s assessment of what motivates the Tea Party—a simmering rage that someone, somewhere, has more than you do. As John Kramer says, the movement insists, “we must punish success; we must organize envy”—though the movement Kramer is referring to isn’t the Tea Party, but Occupy Wall Street.

It’s not a surprise that left and right are united in sneering at the envy of the other guy. Some vices have a patina of glamour. Hate has an appealing purity; lust the edgy excitement of forbidden pleasure; gluttony at least means you’re eating well. With each of these, to sin is to indulge and to take; you can revel in the strength of your iniquity.

Read more. [Image: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters]

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