Sometimes you just have to shake your head in disbelief at the things people say. Tom Perkins, a wealthy venture capitalist, wrote a letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal that is so astonishingly stupid that it’s going to cause an epidemic of concussions from heads hitting desks.
Writing from the epicenter of progressive thought, San Francisco, I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its “one percent,” namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the “rich.”
From the Occupy movement to the demonization of the rich embedded in virtually every word of our local newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, I perceive a rising tide of hatred of the successful one percent…
This is a very dangerous drift in our American thinking. Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its descendent “progressive” radicalism unthinkable now?
As Matthew Yglesias put it in Slate, Perkins “proves you can get rich without being very thoughtful, perceptive, or intelligent.” Seriously, he really believes that we’re on the verge of rounding up the rich and putting them in concentration camps? It’s the rich who are the real victims? He’s living in a fantasy world.