One of the Reasons Labor Day Exists…

is to remind us that things like this are evil–and, by the way, deeply anti-Christian.

My brethren, show no partiality as you hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2 For if a man with gold rings and in fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “Have a seat here, please,” while you say to the poor man, “Stand there,” or, “Sit at my feet,” 4 have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my beloved brethren. Has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you, is it not they who drag you into court? 7 Is it not they who blaspheme that honorable name which was invoked over you? (James 2:1-7)

I think they should just label the doors, “Eloi” and “Morlocks” and be done with it.

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  • Ha ha. I’m really, really enjoying the astonishment of people who thought “democracy” was some sort of self-evident truth such that every preModern society was necessarily a hive of evil, self-serving oligarchs, when in fact aristocracy and feudal society were an attempt to harness these natural tendencies of mankind and use them to accomplish some sort of good. With “democracy” and “capitalism” we now have all the noblesse of societies we use to criticize with none of the oblige.

  • Jack Quirk

    What? Didn’t St. James understand that he was using the rhetoric of class warfare?

  • Sherry

    Label the doors self righteous and sinner and see who walks in which.

  • Google the address 40 riverside boulevard new york on google maps and you’ll note that the alley looks to be a normal street with a park view and, by the look of it, a fairly nice one. The building takes up a whole block. I tried a screen shot to illustrate the situation. The building in question has a red marker next to it. The poor entrance is to the right, the rich entrance to the left.

    Dickensian misery, it’s not.

    Instead of laying down $1M plus for a one bedroom on the “rich side” you pay $908 per month for a one bedroom. $990,000 at 3% yields you enough to pay the rent forever but if you’re not sufficiently poor, you can’t get the apartments. $36,120 is the yearly income limit to be exploited this way for an individual.

    Are you sure this is a case of the poor being exploited or the vain being fleeced?

  • Mark R

    In that part of NY the signs should read “Rich” and “Very Rich” :-).