These days, it is important to keep in mind a simple feature of human nature. Anger is both a sticky and transferable emotion. In other words, once people get angry, they tend to stay that way for a while. And once they get angry at X (like at a police officer who murdered a black man) they will find other people and things that make them even more angry. So if your boss royally pisses you off in the morning, you might find yourself kicking your dog in the evening!
For these reasons, anger in groups tends to surge in weird ways. And when it does, things can get very ugly indeed. “Off with his head!” can sound tame in those moments.
Here is the thing. By all appearances, we are entering an angry period. Angry people are likely to stay angry for a while. Not just about police. But perhaps also about stuff like this
As Ronald Reagan was winning the White House, the top 0.1% controlled 7% of the nation’s wealth. By 2014, after a few decades of booming markets and stagnant wages, the top 0.1% had tripled its share, to 22%, a bit more wealth than the bottom 85% of the country controlled.
We have known for a long time that the rich are getting a lot richer while the poor are not. But now people are getting angry. And you see questions like these — should any individual be allowed to amass a personal fortune worth more than $500,000,000? a billion? 50 billion? And what about those corporate tax avoidance schemes?
This article gets into the argument that the rich are cheating the rest of us. And in the current angry climate, this message may start to resonate.
Will this mean the end of “trickle down economics” as a political platform? Perhaps Stay tuned! And will residences like this one start looking absurd?
Here is the description from Robb
“The paint is still drying, and the final landscaping is going in. But the world’s first giga-mansion – The ONE on a Bel-Air hilltop – is finally nearing completion. What hasn’t changed is that eye-watering price tag, a staggering $500,000,000 as in half a billion dollars. What that impressive sum will buy you is a 100,000-square-feet, 20-bedroom compound perched high above Bel Air on four acres, with spectacular 360-degree uninterrupted views. It’s the creation of movie producer turned prolific real estate developer Nile Niami and architect Paul McClean, who have taken seven years to construct this ultimate spec-home. Among its multitude of jaw-dropping features; a 5,500-square-feet master suite, 30 bathrooms, a 30-car auto ‘gallery’, five swimming pools, a 36-seat movie theater, six-lane bowling alley, and naturally, a nightclub.”
Conspicuous consumption may not be as much fun as it has been over the last several decades.