Atlas Shrugged: The Mocking

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Rich Are Different

From the New York Post:
Christina Kelly says her investment-banker husband made her go the extra mile to help him land a client — pushing her into a partner-swap with the business honcho and his wild girlfriend. 
The mom of two revealed details of the kinky alleged hookup — and every drug binge, extramarital pool fling and sex encounter in between — in salacious Manhattan court papers targeting her husband, Jefferies & Co. wunderkind Sage Kelly.
And now, she and her reputed real-life “Wolf of Wall Street’’ hubby are “the talk of the town,’’ a Wall Street source said.
From Megan McArdle:
[Q.]Do you think the world (human civilization) has already passed its best point, or is that yet to come?  
[A. (McArdle)] Mathematically, it is likely that we are near the peak of human population. On the other hand, I'm encouraged by the incredibly rapid economic change going on now. I think that getting richer has made us more moral - more careful about human life and suffering. So if we keep getting richer, I expect that we will also get better, with more morality, more art and culture, and more of almost every other good thing.

13 comments:

Clever Pseudonym said...

What a load of crock. The rich are the most impervious to human suffering alive. Indeed, their wealth often depends on it.

Anonymous said...

What is the word "mathematically" doing in McArdle's reply there.

Susan of Texas said...

1. Lie, cheat and steal to become obscenely wealthy.
2. ?????
3. You are now more moral!

Professor Fate said...

"I think that getting richer has made us more moral - more careful about human life and suffering."
That didn't seem to work for either the Ancient Romans or during the Italian Rennisance if memory serves.

Susan of Texas said...

Reality is for suckers.

cynic said...
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bill murray said...

1. Lie, cheat and steal to become obscenely wealthy.
2. ?????
3. You are now more moral!


Isn't the ???? pretty obvious here? Get the specific ways you became obscenely wealthy made illegal

Susan of Texas said...

Brilliant--instant morality.

KWillow said...

Mathematically, it is likely that we are near the peak of human population. On the other hand-

Now isn't that class Arglebargle: make a completely and utterly senseless remark and then qualify it!

KWillow said...

CLASSIC Arglebargle. Jeez.

bulbul said...

"Mathematically," Yeah, stop right there. Introducing a sentence with "mathematically" or "scientifically" never bodes well for the rest of it, but in your case, Megan...

Susan of Texas said...

She's pretty confident that if she reads a book by someone on her side, she herself needs to prove nothing.

Of course she usually does not understand what she reads but that's the fun part.

Susan of Texas said...

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-10-31/is-your-house-red-or-blue#comment-1670401659