Thursday, June 23, 2005

Wealth is Bad

Have you ever noticed that in today's age of class consciousness and liberal decrial of the monied class (who often are conservative, at least fiscally), one can subtly slam another by drawing attention to their wealth? Just happened to pass by the Weekly Standard and saw a headline alluding to GOP strategist Ralph Reed's "lucrative" career. It may seem strange, but I think that in today's age, a way to cast a shadow across another is to draw attention to wealth and privilege. Witness the 2004 presidential election. How often did President Bush's opponents make reference to his privileged background? Ironically enough, the liberal elites often emerge from such monied backgrounds and achieve great wealth in doing what they do. The quiet stigma passed on to conservatives as rich and unconcerned somehow escapes similar attachment to those on the other side.

It's funny. Think of the last time you heard somebody apologize for being wealthy or from a wealthy background. Sure, some part of that impulse has long existed, but I think that there's a special consciousness of status that exists today that is employed as a weapon--and that, not equally.


Anonymous Dan Szy said...

Good stuff, Owen. Thanks for letting me know about this blog; I'll be sure to return here from time to time.

I concur with you that the class-consciousness of liberal elites in politics and media is tiresome. But this piece on Ralph Reed and his longtime friend and partner in conservative activism, Jack Abramoff, is far more interesting (despite its length). Abramoff is at the center of a classic Washington scandal, and the story considers whether Reed sold out his principles in return for business from Abramoff's gambling industry clients. The story aims to highlight greed, but there's an interesting subtext about the risks inherent for Christians in the alliances that movement politics provide.

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, I think wealth is an "indifferent" (adiaphora).

8:03 AM  

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