Taking Inequality Personally
The Washington Times has accused Barbara Ehrenreich of being a Marxist for her work exposing the effects of inequality in the US. (Maybe they bought into that scurrilous Facebook app “What German Philosopher is She“?) I wonder if intellectuals’ attitudes toward inequality are rooted in encounters like these:
In the first meeting of my first seminar of my first year, [real-estate developer Charles] Kushner’s son Jared entered my classroom and promptly took the seat across from mine, sharing the room, so to speak. I was drawing an annual salary of $15,500 and borrowing the remainder for survival in Cambridge, in order that he might be given the best possible education. [About 5 years later] Jared . . . purchased The New York Observer for $10 million, part of which he made buying and selling real estate while also attending my seminar. As publisher, one of his first moves was to reduce pay for the Observer‘s stable of book reviewers. I had been writing reviews for the Observer in an effort to pay my debts.
I guess somebody isn’t going to be supporting estate tax repeal.