The Wealth of National Morality?

Once again, Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone nailed a major point about Americans and the current chatter about the Occupy Wall Street movement. Here’s Taibbi’s point:

Success is the national religion, and almost everyone is a believer. Americans love winners. But that’s just the problem. These guys on Wall Street are not winning – they’re cheating. And as much as we love the self-made success story, we hate the cheater that much more.

Whole article here: “Wall Street Isn’t Winning – It’s Cheating

See also my other post from today:

Oh, yes, just one more bit of trivia, completely unsubstantiated since I’m too lazy right now to go back and look it up. According to some recent poll, what percentage of Americans answered that they thought they would one day be in the top one percent? The answer was, I believe, forty percent.

American innumeracy and lack of historical insight are right up there with American optimism. I hope the American sense of fair play still exists, but sometimes I wonder.

Cassandra

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