Saturday, April 10, 2010

I don't hate rich people

A friend was reading a story I'm working on and one of his notes was, "Wow, you really hate rich people!"

I don't. I hate hierarchy. Transcending your class is damn near impossible: if that wasn't true, humans wouldn't tolerate class systems. I hate hierarchy because the privileges of the rich are built on poverty and cheap labor, but I can't hate the individuals who benefit from institutional injustice. They mean well. They do the best they can within the limits of what their class expects of them. Hell, many of my favorite people are rich—including the one who gave me that note.

As I was thinking about this, I came across an article that might help explain why I have a problem with hoarding wealth: What Gives? - Los Angeles magazine: "In a city packed with millionaires, it should be easier to raise money for the poor"