Saturday, October 03, 2009

Is Rick Crandall the Worst Person in the World?

Are he and his wife the worst people in the world? Dismayingly, no. There are lots of people just like them. I don't know why this particular article shocked me so much -- it is no secret that the world is run by narcissists. Maybe it occurred to me that the WSJ article surely would not have been written if these two brats had not (obviously) sought publicity for this monument to their self-regard. It may also have been because of recently reading articles in the paper that said...
For the first time in history, more than one billion people, or nearly one in every 6 inhabitants of the planet, are going hungry this year, according to a new report from the United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP).
And (unverifiable) information indicates that about eight or nine million people in the world actually starve to death each year.

Don't misunderstand me: this isn't the time to start singing the Internationale. Class envy is self-destructive and is a cynical tool utilized by demagogues in Washington, DC. The world's wealth and jobs and means of living for the greatest number of people are most efficiently created by capitalism, which also produces rich people. Wealth is a reward for success. But this display, in full view of people who are hungry, is outrageous and should be treated with contempt.

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