Last updated on 27 Feb 2019
I have been encountering, in these days of political “incorrectness” (i.e., bastardry), more and more well-to-do folk who treat other folk as if they were lesser beings. Ranging from stepping over homeless people (literally) to failing to give way when you drive a Korean car and they a European one (or some varieties of Japanese).
I used to think this was down to a sense of entitlement. But then I started to notice that these same folk would accuse others of behaving the way they did (and who were not in fact doing so). For example, I have a rule of thumb: if a hard right “conservative” accuses “liberals” (or, as we say in Australia, progressives) of some heinous behaviour, you can take it for granted they are themselves doing that very thing, or wish they were. I call this Conservative Projection.
Why? Why are the well-off so sociopathic? Heredity, of the genetic variety, won’t account for it, as it fails to match the usual statistical proportions for such traits. Too may wealthy are sociopaths, no matter how long their family have been monied. So are they sociopaths because they are wealthy (does wealth dispose one towards sociopathy) or are they wealthy because they are sociopaths (are sociopathic tendencies preconditions for accruing wealth)? Probably both, but I think subsequent generations are unlikely to be as sociopathic as the founding generation of wealth, and so it is pretty clear to me that a state of wealth leads to a failure to empathise with others.
This also explains why the oligopolists (like Rupert Murdoch, Trump, the Kochs, etc.) are so racist, sexist and classist; their being wealthy means they have never been able to properly socialise.