Inequality: Which are Socially Acceptable and Which are Not?

Posted on November 16, 2011

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Foreign tourists are coming up to me on the streets and asking, “David, you have so many different kinds of inequality in your country. How can I tell which are socially acceptable and which are not?”

This is an excellent question. I will provide you with a guide to the American inequality map to help you avoid embarrassment.

Income inequality is acceptable. If you are a star baseball player, it is socially acceptable to sell your services for $25 million per year (after all, you have to do what’s best for your family). If you are a star C.E.O., it’s no longer quite polite to receive an $18 million compensation package, but everybody who can still does it

Spending inequality is less acceptable. If you make $1 billion, it helps to go to work in jeans and black T-shirts. It helps to live in Omaha and eat in diners. If you make $200,000 a year, it is acceptable to spend money on any room previously used by servants, like the kitchen, but it is vulgar to spend on any adult toy that might give superficial pleasure, like a Maserati. [Read here]

The Monsieur’s Brief: Those I’ve elected to highlight are the two most important points, that said, the human animal is just that- an animal and like the NYT columnist says, “we are all trying to climb over each other”. It’s just the way life is. Occupy Wall Street is dead. Long live Occupy Wall Street.

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