Wednesday, December 14, 2011
A few comments on this article;
Though the dear editorialist speaks of annoyance at Wente, I will avoid similar criticisms of his meandering and wearisome prosaism.
His assumption that someone taking a degree in medieval studies should immediately have a job available for them (straight out of university and paying 100k a year no doubt) is similarly dubious - as is his belief that a tradesperson who creates wealth by the sweat of their brow should somehow earn less than said liberal arts grad despite said effort. The plumber, electrician and welder have a far greater value to my daily life as does the chemical engineer, biomedical scientist and physican. Indeed, they can generally be said to offer much greater benefit to society than those studying esoteric minutiae that frequently serves to benefit only those in academia.
It's simple supply and demand. It may be cold. It may be hard. But it's reality.
And I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news to our dear editorialist, but Maggie Wente does have the right to drive whatever she wants. Imagine the nerve of her, wanting to choose a Chevy over a Lada!
Wangersky also seems to be suffering from the fallacy that it is somehow wrong for people who work long hours, create jobs for others by their risk and capital (and simultaneously raise everyone's standard of living while they're at it) to be well off simply because there are others who are not. For some people, I suppose it's far easier to assign blame than to do anything constructive about the problem.
Furthermore, if Wangersky truly wanted to put his money where his mouth is, he could always donate his relative wealth to the multitudes in this world who make less than a dollar a day - and they are legion. These people are the world's true poor - but I suppose I shouldn't hold my breath.
He is far more prosperous than they could every hope to be. The 1% is relative.
As an addendum, Wangersky quotes Dunne, suggesting that a newspaper's job is to 'comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable'.
...and here I thought it was to objectively report the news.