The Moral Hazard Of Wealth

Oh the fun I could have with these two columns, Inequality for Dummies, by Bill Keller, and the Affluenza Society, by James McAuley, both of which are worth a read.

Keller has a knack for phrasing things to piss off liberals which obscures any worthwile ideas he has, and so it is poetic justice that McAuley points to Keller, Texas

“Affluenza,” at least as invoked by the defense psychologist, G. Dick Miller, is not a recognized disorder, a legitimate exculpatory condition akin to post-traumatic stress, or even insanity itself. But if not a disorder, it is not a fiction. Few would dispute that millions of affluent — typically white — Americans choose to live in communities whose primary raison d’être is to afford their residents a pampered escape, a chance to withdraw from the barbarians at the gate and from every external reality imaginable.
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Driving north from Dallas or Fort Worth, you will eventually arrive at an outpost of the Cheesecake Factory, the only conceivable end for a rainbow that never was. There, at the crossroads of bourgeois comfort and ennui, these plastic fiefs — confederations of chain restaurants, multiplex cinemas and roadside churches — compose a ring of suburbs that are masterpieces in the art of urban control. In 2011, Money magazine recommended moving to the suburb of Keller, Tex., because, if you did, “you’d never know there had been a recession.”

I’m not suggesting that Keller has any solutions, but he has articulated some of the complexity that centrist liberals like to read into everything for the sake of pulling on their beards. 🙂

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