Can a man who once owned the world's largest sailing yacht claim to be a victim of discrimination? Well, when it comes to Tom Perkins, the answer is yes; although he presented his argument in such a ham-fisted manner, it made Richard Sherman seem like Mister Spock. But, the gist of the Silicon Valley tycoon's concerns shouldn't be ignored or dismissed.
In fact, these days anyone pointing out societal trends and movements that threaten established orthodoxy, such as Christianity, or dismantling of capitalism, better not leave room for deliberate misinterpretation; even when you are careful to make finer points, snippets of your speeches, or writings can be used to portray you as something you may, or may not be, completely ignoring your central message. This is happening with me now, and with more frequency. Yes, Tom Perkins comparing the war on success, with the one percent to atrocities committed on the Jews in Nazi Germany, was too much.
But his notion that there is a war on people that are successful and create jobs is correct, and that this war promises to become psychically violent as the masses are goaded on by the media, celebrities, and politicians. Perkins comments that "Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930." This is true, not because mankind hadn't committed such atrocities in the past, but because there was a sense at the time that mankind had reached a certain level of civilization. Since the end of World War II, similar scenes have played throughout time across continents, and it is clear that mankind will never be so civilized; it cannot resort to pure evil and savagery.
A (dangerous) fine line is being walked in America and in other parts of the West, with the demonization of the most successful citizens.
We must begin a discussion or debate about the one percent, the overwhelming majority who began life as part of the 99 percent, and many at the bottom rungs of that category. Those who took chances, made sacrifices, and worked hard (I'm not talking about working overtime a couple nights a week), but got lucky, and were tough. In fact, believe in a tough love these days and that is equated with being mean or unfair, even if it is part of the magic formula that changes lives, more than any government handout could ever hope to achieve. (Although, the fact is such programs seek to make poverty comfortable, and not to propel recipients into wealth or even self-sufficiency.)
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