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It?s never easy being rich: endless tax avoidance, the Sisyphean search for reliable domestic staff, the never-ending burden of surly stares from the Great Sea of the Unwashed as one goes about one?s rightful business. Toughest of all is simply keeping track of everything one owns. There?s so much of it. And personal possessions are just the beginning.
You must keep a gimlet eye, too, on the myriad people and institutions that safeguard your gilded status: politicians, ...
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Rich People Things

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Overview

It’s never easy being rich: endless tax avoidance, the Sisyphean search for reliable domestic staff, the never-ending burden of surly stares from the Great Sea of the Unwashed as one goes about one’s rightful business. Toughest of all is simply keeping track of everything one owns. There’s so much of it. And personal possessions are just the beginning.
You must keep a gimlet eye, too, on the myriad people and institutions that safeguard your gilded status: politicians, newspapers, financial instruments, branches of government. They all belong to you. But staying on top of what they’re up to is a full time job. What’s an overstretched gazillionaire to do?

Now, with the publication of Rich People Things, the problems of our over-classes are, well, over. In a concise, easy-to-use guide, Chris Lehmann catalogs the fortifications that shelter the opulent from the resentments of the hoi polloi. From ideological stanchions such as the Free Market and the Prosperity Gospel, through the castellation of media, including The New York Times, Wired Magazine and Reality Television, to burly gatekeepers such as David Brooks, Steve Forbes and Alan Greenspan, the well-to-do will find, in these pages, a comforting and comprehensive array of the protections that allow them to sleep sound at night.

For the rest of us, Lehmann’s sparkling prose, at the same time pointed and whimsical, together with the clever, teasing illustrations of Peter Arkle, can at least provide a diverting glimpse into how the top one percent maintains an iron grip on almost half of America’s financial wealth.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013396340
  • Publisher: OR Books
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 248
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Chris Lehmann, like many a son of the benighted de-industrialized Midwest, has cobbled together a living as a casualized knowledge worker. He is employed, ever precariously, as an editor for Yahoo! News, BookForum and the Baffler, while dissecting the excesses of his social betters on a still-more marginal moonlighting basis for The Awl.com. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Ana Marie Cox, and a quartet of excellent pets.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Great ideas, but who is the audience?

    I'm really enjoying this book. I completely agree with the examples of how 'populism' is co-opted by the market, "it's everywhere and nowhere", with hypocrite prophets such as Willy O'liely (Bill O'Reilly)

    But, I ask myself, who is the audience he's writing to and trying to influence. When, as a graduate of English, I have to look up one to two words a page it seems he's writing to the same burgeiose (sp?) he's making fun of who read the NYT. It's ironic at best and pretentious at worst.

    If you want a true 'populist' movement in the political sense by the working (labor) class, working poor, and 'middle class' (everywhere and nowhere) you need to write in a way that does not distract from the message or make you look like a 1% who bites the hand that feeds.

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