By Chris Lehmann
"Social feedback at its scorching-hot best."—Barbara Ehrenreich
"Think H.L. Mencken crossed with Jon Stewart."—The Phoenix
In Rich humans Things, Chris Lehmann lays naked some of the dogmas and delusions that prop up plutocratic rule within the post-meltdown age. it is a funny and harrowing story of warped populism, phony reform, and blind deference to the nation's monetary elite. because the writer explains, American type privilege is particularly very like the belief of intercourse in a Catholic school—it's now not purported to exist within the first position, yet as soon as it provides itself on your imagination, you know that it really is everywhere.
A concise and easy-to-use consultant, Rich humans issues catalogs the fortifications that shield the opulent from the resentments of the hoi polloi. From ideological stanchions corresponding to the loose marketplace during the castellation of media together with The ny occasions and Wired magazine, to gatekeepers resembling David Brooks, Steve Forbes, and Alan Greenspan, Lehmann covers the massive array of comforting and entire protections that let the über-privileged to keep up their iron grip on virtually half America's wealth. With chapters on Malcolm Gladwell, the best courtroom, the memoir, and extra, not anyone is spared from Lehmann's pointed prose.
Chris Lehmann is hired, ever precariously, as an editor for Yahoo! information, Bookforum, and The Baffler, whereas dissecting the excesses of his social betters for his column wealthy humans issues at TheAwl.com. He lives in Washington, DC, together with his spouse Ana Marie Cox and a quartet of good pets.
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Protestant believers almost sponsored their method into worldly good fortune, Max Weber defined, through their severe nervousness over their clients for salvation. simply because heaven merely approved 144,000 or so souls earlier the gate, and since God’s soteriological designs have been mostly opaque to mortal people, the foremost solution to continue strong Protestant religious anxiousness from lapsing into debilitating dread used to be, good, to maintain busy—to devote one’s lifestyles to a cosmopolitan calling, burrow in to its calls for, and maintain strict exercises of spiritual observance till one’s quantity was once known as for judgment on excessive. Latter-day american citizens can most likely most sensible equate the method to choice for the main aggressive inner most universities—without good thing about a legacy admission. either systems depend on near-hysterical degrees of prestige nervousness; either require loads of unquestioning fealty to distant greater powers; and either, while devoutly to the letter, produce one of those manically overachieving personality kind. however the inward non secular tensions generating what Weber famously referred to as the “worldly asceticism” of Puritan-trained capitalists have mostly lapsed within the modern non secular scene. Why be concerned over one’s health for divine present within the afterlife, finally, if the facts of God’s benefits is so ample in shopper tradition? Why erect such tricky schemes of non secular introspection while the trail to heaven is so simple, directly, and brief? God wishes us to be wealthy, it seems, and has obligingly recast such a lot positive aspects of the millennia-old Christian religion to double as a type of middle-management motivational seminar. Today’s Protestant mainstream, in different phrases, has mostly discarded The Pilgrim’s growth in want of wealthy Dad, terrible Dad. for this reason the big attraction of the Prosperity Gospel—the circulate pointed out such a lot prominently with the aptly named Creflo buck, a Georgia-based minister affiliated with the notice of religion pressure of Pentecostalism. His ministry’s good appointed website bargains an entire supplement of just-in-time abundance preaching, from podcasts that domesticate “Thinking for fulfillment” to a non secular “word at the cross” textual content message added on to registrants’ cellphones. additionally it is manuals of success-minded piety, akin to “Overcoming the terror of Lack,” which exhorts readers to “experience overflow,” simply because “God wishes you to reside unfastened from lack” and, greater than that, “to conquer the phobia of working out, and strengthen religion in working over. ” (Dollar’s spouse Taffi additionally hawks comparable tracts to a feminine demographic, that includes titles resembling “Your religious Makeover. ”) Such informal extra is simply conspicuous any further in today’s religious market, which throngs with kindred appeals from megachurch leaders like Joel Osteen, one other preacher within the note of religion culture, whose Houston-based Lakewood megachurch is the nation’s greatest congregation, claiming greater than 47,000 worshipers. Osteen’s message is almost similar to Dollar’s: “God doesn’t wish us to tug via real looking depressing failures,” he writes in his bestselling paintings of non secular self-help, develop into a greater You.