Monday, November 16, 2009

It's Called Glibertarianism, W/ An Underlying Diagnosis Of Privilege & Entitlement

Squandering Severance

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I get a panic attack just reading it.  What psychological quirk makes you maintain three expensive cars, flowers, and fine wine when you're both out of work?

9 comments:

Dhalgren said...

If there's one thing I learned from living through the 2001 recession...

She never ceases to sound both annoying and condescending.

NutellaonToast said...

Lest we forget:
http://meganmcardle.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/11/right_to_work.php
"Over the years since I'd had a steady income, my clothes had stretched out of shape, ripped, become stained, gone out of style. I couldn't afford new ones. And I wasn't one of those whizzy heroines who can make over her own clothes. Instead, I frumped around in clothes that never looked quite right, and felt the way my clothes looked."

I can see how she doesn't understand the social prestige that rampant materialism brings. It's totally foreign to her.

Clever Pseudonym said...

Another "here's why I'm better than these people" post from Megs. I love those.

And her response to you, NoT, was just precious. "More like 5. I suggest you go without any new clothes at all for five years, and report back on how stylish you feel."

Because feeling stylish is so important in life. How can anyone who isn't homeless or starving go for five years without being able to afford new clothes? Has this person never heard of Target or Ross or consignment shops? Even when I was dirt poor in college, I managed to pool the pennies to get new clothes here and there. They weren't designer, I didn't buy them at fancy shops, and I sure as hell never bought an entire wardrobe at once, but I always managed to never dress like a bag lady. Then again, being "stylish" has never been a top priority for me.

NutellaonToast said...

Oh, CP, I love you. I never would've seen that if not for you.

Clever Pseudonym said...

You nailed her in your response. I love how she first presumes that you DON'T know what it's like to feel "stylish," or that you even care if you do while also suggesting the idea of not feeling "stylish" was some kind of fucking hardship. I've managed to not feel stylish for my 30+ years on this old Earth so far. I must be much, much tougher than I thought, finding the strength to survive through it all.

Susan of Texas said...

The problem with her holier-than-thou posts is that anyone could top her. I think it's unwise to move into the most expensive neighborhood you can afford, buy a tiny car that's inconvenient to repair because Charlize Theron drove it in a movie, and load up on consumer goods, but she thinks she's slumming because she doesn't go out as often. See, I can be an obnoxious scold too.

NutellaonToast said...

I love how libertarians simultaneously believe that people are incompetent fools worthy only of derision and yet that the best governing strategy is to let said fools run wild and free doing as they please.

Kevin said...

How can one asshole express her concern so poignantly for two other assholes?

Clever Pseudonym said...

I think we also need to examine the psychological quirk that makes a person sleep on a sidewalk overnight in order to buy an iPhone the next morning who then compares the experience to being in a refugee camp.