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August 06, 2013

The Grievances and Disappointments of the New Aristocrats (A Continuing Series)

Stace McCain has a post about a guy who now works for Chris Hughes, a FaceBook billionaire who bought the bastion of White Skin Privilege The New Republic, complaining that Jeff Bezos' purchase of The Washington Post means "the other guys had won..."

I invite you to read this with the following lens in mind: Consider this particular idiot's interest in maintaining the Privileges and Immunities of the New Class to which he belongs, and his anger at parvenue interlopers like Jeff Bezos threatening those Privileges and Immunities. The New Class is very proud of its central role in the drama called The American Political and Social Discussion. This is their status; this is their value.

And if outsiders claim to be worthy of playing roles in this scripted play? Well, that means less spotlight time for the New Class.

And look at Jeff Bezos. Why, you can practically smell the ink still drying on Bezos' money. I mean, rrrreally.

Is it so terrible that a self-made billionaire now owns the Post rather than a clan of heiresses and nepots? Yes it is, from his point of view, as those heiresses and nepots actually flatter his Class by pretending themselves to be on the same plane (that is, those of the actual higher class condescend to the New Class) whereas, well, who knows about this Bezos character with his weird thoughts about "profitable enterprises" and "capitalistic zeal."

And why no grousing about his own billionaire employer? Wellll... I'd imagine that Chris Huges, being a longtime and major Democratic fundraiser and supporter, has sufficiently made his bones, as they'd say in LCN, and thereby established and proven his fidelity to the New Class this wannabe aristocratic twit (sp?) belongs to.

And, Obama's on Leno tonight. He may be the first member of the media to ask Obama about terrorism, and maybe even the new Benghazi revelations.

And, Open Thread.

And, The Middle Class.

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