Today in the slow, agonizing death of history

Did you know that life for rich people in US America is just like it was for Jewish folks in 1930s Germany, and that there is another Kristallnacht coming, I guess? Here, just let A Rich US American explain it all over you:

Regarding your editorial “Censors on Campus” (Jan. 18): Writing from the epicenter of progressive thought, San Francisco, I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its “one percent,” namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the “rich.”

From the Occupy movement to the demonization of the rich embedded in virtually every word of our local newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, I perceive a rising tide of hatred of the successful one percent. There is outraged public reaction to the Google buses carrying technology workers from the city to the peninsula high-tech companies which employ them. We have outrage over the rising real-estate prices which these “techno geeks” can pay. We have, for example, libelous and cruel attacks in the Chronicle on our number-one celebrity, the author Danielle Steel, alleging that she is a “snob” despite the millions she has spent on our city’s homeless and mentally ill over the past decades.

This is a very dangerous drift in our American thinking. Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its descendent “progressive” radicalism unthinkable now?

Tom Perkins

San Francisco

This is A Very Reasonable Comparison, don’t you think? It is not at all “indicative of a delusional mind coupled with a massive persecution complex and a complete lack of historical perspective,” as some Progressives-Who-Are-Just-Like-Brownshirts might think. We know that Mr. Perkins is still playing with a full deck because he correctly identifies his ex-wife, Danielle Steel, as San Francisco’s “number-one celebrity,” which she most definitely is, at least for the subset of the population* that hears the name “Danielle Steel” and doesn’t respond with “who?”

Anyway, you know, times are tough for your average plutocrat, folks. People seem not to like them for some reason, and it turns out that it takes the 85 richest people in the world to equal the combined wealth of the bottom 3.5 billion. Eighty-five of them! It’s pretty disgraceful that here we are, in the year 2014, and we can’t get that number down to 50 or so. Gone are the days, one assumes, when someone like Perkins could drop a couple hundred million building a boat. That boat, by the by, replaced a different boat that Perkins sailed in a race in 1996, where he wrecked into another boat and killed a guy, then complained about having to go to trial over the whole thing (via). I’m sure the $10,000 fine he had to pay for involuntary manslaughter was just like when Alfred Dreyfus spent 5 years in the Devil’s Island penal colony for a crime he didn’t commit.

Tom Perkins: Pretty Much Just Like a Holocaust Victim
Tom Perkins: Pretty Much Just Like a Holocaust Victim (via)

* otherwise known as “Danielle Steel’s target audience,” or, if you prefer, “Medicare recipients”


5 thoughts on “Today in the slow, agonizing death of history

  1. OK, I hate the dirty hippies as much as the next guy and I think the faux radicals are foolish and misguided in their hopes that a mass uprising is going to solve all of our problems. *However*. When I hear people like Perkins and Daimon talking I feel an urge to take up my torch and pitchfork to join in storming the castle.

    Madame Guillotine is one solution to the problem of class envy.

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