Saturday, July 31, 2010

Comment on "The rich are different from you and me"

The Economist has an article, The rich are different from you and me, on possible differences between classes in giving. Rather than taking a position, which is the wont of most commenters, a review of all the posts gives a good sense of the readers beliefs.

Various suggested reasons:

- The rich are rich because they are cheap
- The rich lack compassion for the poor because they don't experience poverty.
- The rich lack compassion for the poor because the poor are unlike themselves
- Neo-conservative values have tilted us toward "Greed is good."
- But the rich give more. Bill Gates and Warren buffet redeem us all.
- The rich believe people get what they deserve
- The rich enjoy their relative societal position
- ...even more so the larger the difference
- Overreliance on subjects from the developed world skews research.
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