In a Senate Finance Committee hearing, a top economic adviser for George W. Bush argued that “the main cause of inequality is Americans who choose not to work.” George Packer, who also testified, weighs in: http://nyr.kr/1l1bH3o
“It doesn’t require decades of work by a leading economist to understand that there’s a connection between wealth and power. It should be clear … that hard work no longer keeps millions of Americans out of poverty.”
Photograph by Pete Marovich/Bloomberg/Getty.
Painting by Jemima Kirke via New York Times
“This is the daughter of a friend of mine. She is 6 years old and was not in the least bit uncomfortable with me painting her. Most kids aren’t, and naturally, they are actually quite bored by the process. But, what was interesting about Sasha is that she actually seemed to understand why I was painting her. She showed up in a beautiful white dress that she picked out herself, and had a lot of say in how she posed for the painting. She even helped me decide which size canvas. We really worked together on this one and took each other seriously. I was interested in her maturity and her poise.” “Sasha,” 2013
There is no word in any traditional European language which does not either denigrate or patronize the urban poor it is naming. That is power.