Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"Replaceable" People

"...our pop culture priests have succeeded in filling the population with shame and nervous self-loathing to the point where they think of anyone who isn't an employer as a parasite, and anyone who isn't rich and famous, or trying to be, as a loser. People even think of themselves this way, which is why there are so many down-and-out people voting to give tax breaks to the same bankers who've been robbing them for years..."
Matt Taibbi at his Rolling Stone Blog - "On ESPN and "Replaceable" People"

Absolutely brilliant cultural insight from Taibbi. I've said before that if you ask any kid you happen to know to name his/her hero's, I bet you won't hear them mention many poor folks, but the sad fact is, if you ask adults to name life's winners the list is going to look very similar.

A month or so back, Rachel Maddow and O'Reilly were having a back and forth and O'Reilly offered only his higher ratings as a defense of his argument... Maddow offered this wonderful reply:

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