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otter
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posted 22 February 2006 03:58 PM      Profile for otter        Edit/Delete Post
I was going to reply to Auntie.com's post on 'elite' then decided that a separate thread was necessary

A merriam-webster definition of elite:
the best of a class


This conjurs up memories of the Barbara Walters interview with Conrad Hilton. At one point Walters said to Hilton "it is rumoured that you make as much as one million dollars a day!". Walters appeared impressed by this amount of income. Hilton replied with a snort that he "could not live on a mere million a day!".

How many truck loads of trees from our dwindling forests does that represent, or boatloads of fish, or polluted landscapes does that income represent? Imagine one person comsuming - nay demanding - the resources for themselves that could sustain as many as 10,000 people in relative comfort or even 1,000 people in relative luxury?

Conversely, how many of these arrogant billionaires are there in the world plundering the planets ever scarcer resources so that they can maintain their obscene lifestlyes?


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Mr. Magoo
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posted 22 February 2006 04:23 PM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Assuming he was even accurate in claiming he could spend a million dollars a day, I would doubt that he's buying a million dollars worth of unrecycled paper products, or a million dollars worth of petroleum to burn, or what have you.

More likely: a million dollar painting, a million dollars worth of stocks, etc.

I've no doubt that a billionaire's "ecological footprint" is greater than most of ours, but not to the scale that this could erroneously suggest.


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Fidel
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posted 22 February 2006 07:07 PM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by otter:
Conversely, how many of these arrogant billionaires are there in the world plundering the planets ever scarcer resources so that they can maintain their obscene lifestlyes?

Linda McQuaig says todays super-wealthy are far richer by comparison than economic overlords of history. And they've learned from the revolutions not to flaunt?flout!(help) their wealth. She says that the very wealthy in Europe have at least attempted to justify their riches in terms of being the captains of industry and economic playmakers acting on hehalf of society. In North America, where wealth is concentrated most, the uber-rich tend to maintain lower profiles.


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Mandos
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posted 22 February 2006 07:28 PM      Profile for Mandos   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
flaunt
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Michelle
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posted 22 February 2006 07:35 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Hmm...I guess I'll move this to...politics, I guess, since it's not about a rabble column. (And I'm hoping to phase this forum and the in cahoots forum out anyhow, by posting all the articles from those sections of rabble in the topical forum or thread that suits them best.)
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