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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