On Jan. 26th Polislice was one of the 1st blogs to bring attention to the ravings of venture capitalist Tom Perkins. By now everyone with an ear to the political ground knows that he’s the guy who claimed that attacks on the 1% were comparable to the Nazis persecution of the Jews and that Kristallnacht was right around the corner.
This made him a poster boy for those in the businessmen anti-defamation league lead by WSJ, Fox Business and CNBC. Of course the victimized business community found him refreshing and were excited that somebody was brave enough to say out loud what they’re all thinking. The unfairness of their being singled out as being the fortunate beneficiaries of economic circumstances that have been unkind for so many others is unbearable. They resemble that remark.
Hilariously, in a subsequent interview where he sort of apologized for the Nazi comparison, (although he stood by the message) he noted that he owned “an airplane that flies underwater” and his watch was worth “a six pack of Rolexes”. It was like the Jews throwing their chosen status in the face of their oppressors. This flaunting of his great good fortune in the face of a demonizing majority doesn’t make him look better to the 99% but sure makes him look like a hero to his audience of 1% sociopaths who do not like their moral and intellectual superiority to be questioned.
Today, at a talk from the Commonwealth Club (aka the Warsaw ghetto), he dug his diamond lined grave a little deeper:
“The Tom Perkins system is: You don’t get to vote unless you pay a dollar of taxes,” Perkins said during an event hosted by Fortune’s Adam Lashinsky. “But what I really think is, it should be like a corporation. You pay a million dollars in taxes, you get a million votes. How’s that?”
Since the Federalists fought against expansion of the voting franchise beyond educated, white, male landowners a strain of anti-democratic elitism has always existed under the radar and beneath the surface. When a Tom Perkins says what he said out loud, proving his fundamental misunderstanding or our form of government, it should embarrass those that kept putting him in the limelight and end his 15 minutes.
But these days, expect someone to propose running him for office. Which was not an option for the Jews of Nazi Germany, or any actually persecuted minority in any country anywhere.