Progressive Kristallnacht

Some people make it easy. Tom Perkins’ letter in the Wall Street Journal comparing those who criticize America’s vast wealth gap to Nazis was over the top, but emblematic of a broader sentiment among certain plutocratic types. See this David Sirota article on Pando for other examples.

As I’ve said before, it’s not that I “hate the rich” — it’s the system that’s slouching toward aristocracy that bugs me.

For a little more background on Mr. Perkins (the person, not my cartoon character of the same name), this Wall Street Journal post sheds some light. The Maltese Falcon has since been sold.


  • Spectronizer

    This kind of thing just makes me feel so helpless.

    I grew up on a farm. If you didn’t work, you didn’t eat- period. I learned to do hard work and to take pride in it for its own sake. This followed me into adulthood where I put in 100% regardless of how I feel. Each new job, I’m told I’m an “amazing asset” and they “don’t know what they’d do without me.” And then they fire me because I’ve earned the most money- despite it not being nearly enough even at that point.

    Then some suit who’s never had to push a wheelbarrow in his life calls me a “lazy taker” because I want a little recognition, a little dignity.

    Is this the American Dream?

    • Benjamin Schwab

      I tend to work harder then my co-workers (at-leat a few of which are conservative) and yet being a leftist I am the one accused of wanting to coddle and encourage laziness. The hypocrisy is entertaining and frustrating.

      As far as “the American Dream,” what exactly is it? I’ve been hearing it a lot lately and to me it seams there is no clear definition of what that term means. Is it like “the American People” in that it is a meaningless yet politically charged phrase used for dishonest rhetorical purposes?

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.