Yesterday on NPR I heard a story about Sean Parker, who made billions from Facebook and Napster. Steve Inskeep was saying that Mr Parker was spending 10 million on his upcoming wedding.
Actually, that was not true. He is “only” spending 8.7 million, and it isn’t on the wedding. It’s on the wedding decorations.
The overconspicuos overconsumption of the overrich has gotten out of hand; it is like the Bourbons or the Robber Barons, all at a time when workers and the poor languish, making their way the best they can on low wage jobs and a pittance of government assistance, burdened by easy debt and limited opportunities. And if one looks at the even more desperate poverty of the rest of the world the gap is even greater. Nine million dollars on wedding decorations, while there is such need in the world?
If this doesn’t make you angry there is something wrong with you.
If revolution is not justified in the face of such unprecedented economic disparity it has never been justified anywhere.
Revolution, of course, is highly unlikely. Modern American workers are among the most complacent in history, lulled by cell phones, American Idol, the NFL, and a host of other diversions.
But should revolution finally come, if it is violent I cannot in conscience participate.
But I won’t be neutral.