Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

What this country needs is a better class of rich people

I think I already used that title, or something similar, but now I've got the evidence. Brian Alexander reports for MSNBC that rich people are %$^&*)s.

“We have now done 12 separate studies measuring empathy in every way imaginable, social behavior in every way, and some work on compassion and it’s the same story,” [social psychologist Dacher Keltner] said. “Lower class people just show more empathy, more prosocial behavior, more compassion, no matter how you look at it.”

According to Keltner, rich people also think society is already more egalitarian than it really is, and that they deserve their station in life, so they tend to oppose government action that would reduce inequality. The even worse news is that they have lots of money to pay for politicians who will carry out their cruel and selfish wishes. They're getting their money's worth.

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