Moral Musical Chairs Made By Money?

A number of people who started out rather lefty (David Mamet comes to mind) turned right-wing, conservative or “libertarian” when they accumulated a great deal of money to shelter from taxes. Some conservatives will say, “See? When you’ve got something to protect from taxation, you get common sense!” But not all wealthy people are like that. Warren Buffet is not a right winger. There are many wealthy people who remain progressive. George Clooney, for example, or Stephen King. If they make the shift to the right because they made money, it’s because they never had any real allegiance to progressivism–which is probably because they never had any real *inner compass*. They’re not psychopaths, or stupid–Mamet is certainly not stupid. They’re just selfish and morally shallow. So it was an easy transition for them.

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