Noah Smith is wrong.

This isn’t ignorance or the product of a zero-sum mindset.

This is a purposeful and malicious attack by the elite of society on the non-elites.

The families who can afford private schools in New York City are elites.  They will put their kids in private school to get the best education they can so they can go to a top-tier (probably Ivy League) college and end up back in the world of the elites.

The working and middle-class that cannot, will suffer.  This will make it harder for their children to level up.

The elite fundamentally do not care if nothing is made in the US, they make money fondling money on the international stage.  If they need to outsource to some other country, that’s just more money in their pockets.  If some middle-American town dies, so what, they live in NYC and don’t care.

The fundamental mindset is “you can’t sit here.”

The elites love, above all else, having things and access to things that regular people don’t.

I have tasted Johnny Walker Blue.  I have drunk a $500 bottle wine.  I’ve eaten caviar that costs more per ounce than Silver.  I have ridden in a Ferrari and a  Maybach.

I have had Costco wine that is better.  My Ford Mustang is more comfortable than a Ferrari and a Limited Ram 1500 or Platinum F-150 has just as much leather as a Maybach SUV and the infotainment is better.

The point of buying shit like that is the knowledge that people who didn’t go to the right finishing schools and then to Harvard and then do a brokerage firm on Wall Street can’t buy that stuff.

Moreover, what the elite hate more than anything else is that so much of what they had we can have too.

I an go to Costco and buy the same huge, ultra-HD TV that once-upon-a-time only they could have.

I can order a luxury pickup truck that is nicer than the last Mercedes they owned.

Cellphones and laptops used to be status symbols of the elite.  Think about Gordon Gekko in Wall Street talking on his cellphone in 1987.  By 1997, every middle-class businessman in Miami had a cellphone.  By 2007, cellphones were so ubiquitous that high school kids had cell phones, new homebuyers had given up landlines, and payphones were removed from public places.

Technology had democratized luxury and the elite couldn’t stand it.

Since then, the desire has been not just to own more but to make the rest of us own less.


That doesn’t apply to the elite, just to us.

Remember, everything they do is 100% the opposite of what they say.  They claim to want to fix income inequality but everywhere they are in power, income inequality increases.

That’s the goal.

They are doing their best to stomp us down into a dependent prole class.


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6 thoughts on “Bloomberg opinion writer doesn’t understand that the point is maliciousness”
  1. There was a wonderful op-ed in the WSJ a day or two ago in which the author (CEO of a publishing house) explains why he won’t hire Ivy League graduates any longer. It’s an excellent and detailed exposition of what’s wrong with those schools and their graduates.

  2. It is also the reason they stomp on the free market economy as much as they can. There are only 500 slots in the Fortune 500, and they want to keep their companies there.

    They oppose right to work laws because it frees up the workers to sell their skills to the highest bidders. $15 an hour is perfectly OK for them (despite claims otherwise) for the same reason they do not care about advanced courses in schools, it keeps a compliant workforce from getting the wrong idea.

    They do not want to make everyone’s life better (despite claims otherwise), they want to make them worse. And, they are doing so with a compliant media and political class.

  3. It’s an example of luxury views, the elites can espouse all kinds of damaging educational, social and economic policies because their wealth insulates them. Pushing garbage education because they go to private school is an excellent example as is “defund police” because they have armed guards 24/7

  4. I noted that you did not provide a cheaper alternative to Johnny Walker Blue Label. A very insightful post, spot on, on all points. And there’s no such thing as….Cheap Scotch.

    1. I have drank most of the JW Colors.

      For my unrefined palate, Black is fine. Blue doesn’t taste any smoother, or better. (And I drank a fair amount of JW Blue when a bar I frequented had a case that wasn’t selling, so the Bartender gave it to me at the same price as Black.) Silver, Gold? Good but not appreciatably better than Black.

      JW Red? Yes I can tell the difference. It is NOT on the RD approved list of scotches.

      1. Rd, have you had a chance to try JW Green? It’s my preferred blended scotch. Slightly more costly than black, but seems to go down a little smoother to me. I honestly prefer it to the bottles of gold I kept being gifted, although my wife was not amused by me buying it when I had multiple gifted bottles still.

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