October 24, 2011, 10:32 am
A hundred Occupy activists from New York and New Haven clustered Saturday on the lawn of GE Jeffrey Immelt’s house in New Canaan, calling him out because GE pays no taxes.
Now, obviously, it’s an article of American faith that God helps those who help themselves; that we are soaring eagles and not heaps of ants; that capitalism is irreversibly red in tooth and claw, and was meant to be. Rugged Ayn Randians are always passing out gold stars to plutocrats for “working hard”—as if janitors, nurses, coal miners, teachers, farm workers, freight handlers, cafeteria workers, electricians, welders, et al. were slackers. Elizabeth Warren has a video going around (deservedly viral) pointing out that no one makes it alone. The You’re-on-Your-Own meme that’s the common thread in post-compassionate conservatism is the most popular form of Darwinism across the land.
This is no small element…