As French philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau once wrote

the poor lose

The rich, to mangle F. Scott Fitzgerald slightly, they rationalize differently than you and me. Whether they succeed or fail, they’ve always got a pseudo scientific excuse. If uk canada goose they do well, it’s because their habits are better cheap Canada Goose than those of the rest of us peons. If they do badly, it was their upbringing, canadian goose jacket since wealthy parents too readily substitute buy canada goose jacket lucre for love.

Don’t believe me? Let’s turn to the headlines.

Last month, personal Canada Goose Parka finance and self responsibility guru Dave Ramsey posted a list on his website entitled, «20 Things the Rich Do Every Day,» originally written by New Jersey accountant and certified financial planner Thomas C. Corley, who, according to his website «studied the daily canada goose uk shop activities of 233 wealthy people and 128 people living in poverty.»

The list, which quickly went viral, was filled with the self improvement tropes that could be called the Rich Deserve Their Money. Prosperous people canada goose clearance eat less junk food than poor people. They read more books. They watch less reality television and make their children volunteer more time to charity.

It should come as canada goose coats on sale no surprise that the country that brought you the myth of Horatio Alger should love such bits of wealth building advice. We have a history after all, probably one going back as far as Ben Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanack, which offered up such words of wisdom as «a penny saved is a twopence dear,» now widely remembered as «a penny saved is a penny earned.»

Franklin, however, lacked access to modern market research techniques. As a result, the modern iteration of this way of thinking really begins with the publication of The Millionaire Next Door in 1996, a book that posited that the canada goose clearance sale wealthy might be our neighbors but they really aren’t Canada Goose Outlet like us. They are thrifty, luxury eschewing self made canada goose store men; they drink Bud instead of merlot, and most certainly do not give too much to their children. But no one cared. The success of the book (it spent more then two years on the New York Times bestseller list) spawned hosts of imitators ranging from The Top Ten Distinctions Between Millionaires and the Middle Class and Today show guru Jean Chatzky’s, which studied the financial habits of the wealthy to better advise the rest of us.

And now, courtesy of the Internet, we get lists. On Yahoo, there’s the Daily Habits of Wealthy People. Lifehack canada goose black friday sale could support a vertical devoted to the topic, with posts including 10 Habits of the Richest People in the World, 7 Reasons Why You’re not a Millionaire and, my personal favorite, 11 Sleep Habits of Successful People.

Even if you take these lists at face value, all they canada goose uk black friday are doing is confusing access with virtue. Take the popular meme about how the poor don’t prepare healthy meals. There are solid reasons those lacking funds might purchase less than nutritious offerings, and lack of discipline is only one item on the list.

First, lower income people all too often lack easy access to affordable outlets. Poverty struck Camden, New Jersey, already deemed a «food desert» by the federal government, which saw its last supermarket, a Pathmark, close its doors this past fall.

Or think about this: how many times have you purchased fresh fruit or vegetables, only to have them turn before they can be consumed? That’s not a problem with boxed macaroni and cheese and that’s something someone reliant on food stamps to get by needs to contemplate when tossing food into the shopping cart.

No matter. Subtlety is not required on these lists. The subtext to all these conglomerations of sometimes dubious statistics is the same: the shiftless poor deserve their fate. Never mind unemployment, and full time jobs that don’t offer a living wage. Just eat an apple a day and floss your damn teeth.

But if the wealthy don’t engage in proper behavior well, they’ve got an excuse.

Let’s discuss affluenza, which could be deemed what happens when the poor little rich boy or girl syndrome meets the DSM, or at least meets someone who thinks such a condition is officially recognized by the psychiatric community. (It’s not.) Supposedly caused by wealthy parents who neglect their children, or use their money to allow their sons and daughters to avoid facing the consequences of their actions, affluenza leaves sufferers lacking self discipline and impulse control, or much of a sense of self.

The term is now in the news, thanks to the Texas canada goose factory sale teen who killed four people earlier this year while driving drunk. After a therapist indeed testified the boy suffered from affluenza, a sympathetic judge sentenced him to probation so he could receive needed treatment. And what might that Canada Goose canada goose jacket sale ca Coats On Sale be? A long term stay in a four star luxury rehab facility in southern California reportedly costing $450,000 annually where his recovery will possibly include horseback riding and time spent in a «state canada goose coats of the art» gym.

But what is affluenza? Well, in something that should come as no surprise, it originates in the whims of a wealthy. Fred Whitman, a San Francisco blueblood, coined the term in the 1950s. Jung Institute, one that used the term to demonstrate the downsides of inherited wealth. The term gained traction quickly. Future happiness and emotional intelligence star Daniel Goleman soon wrote an article on the topic for the New York Times and, in little more than a decade, a PBS special was devoted to the concept, which was pitched as something anyone who tried to keep up in the consumption happy United States could suffer from.

Yet, at its canada goose uk outlet heart, affluenza is little more than an excuse for bad habits and awful behavior. But that’s not something that goes mentioned by our modern self help gurus, who are, apparently, simply trying to make themselves or their clients feel they are among the righteous.

No one, after all, ever asks how the wealthy could have both better daily habits that ensure wealth and manifest the behaviors that cause affluenza. But we don’t need to wonder why that is so. As French philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau once wrote, «As long as there are rich people in the world, they will be desirous of distinguishing themselves from the poor.» It can go without saying that such sentiments Canada Goose Jackets will always benefit those with power and assets over those without access to either.

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Seriously? Yeah, because poor people have never had an excuse for their behavior. I mean, it not like any lawyer has ever used poverty, being a minority, and/or growing up in a screwed up household in the defense for some kid who killed a store owner for $30 in the register or doing something like cheap canada goose uk carjacking an elderly couple, to get money for crack. That kind of thing never happens. Poor people are always willing to take their punishment for their behavior, without any excuses.

I read somewhere that statistically, people who were poor and then instantly came into a large sum of money are at the top of the list for being the biggest tax cheats. Everybody uk canada goose outlet hates wealthy people, until they become one.

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dd606, I think the difference is that: [a] The people to which you refer get life sentences or Canada Goose online death row and [b] when the rest of us perform the same act, we are forces to be responsible for our actions. A good legal defense always tried to present extenuating circumstances. Lack of love and attention hurts any child or person, but when it happens to children of wealthy adults, it becomes intellectualized but for poor people, buy canada goose jacket cheap it is simply that they and what else would we expect from them. I understand and agree with what you trying to point out. I personally believe the article could have been made stronger by explicitly pointing out what you did, in that the same type of argument is used when defending clients, but it is the actions of the judge based on that is repulsive. Has the justice system ever someone from the to a country club for treatment for committing manslaughter?

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What no one ever mentions is the relationship between the rise of the middle class and the rise of the country on the world stage.

After WWII, we became the most powerful country on Earth Canada Goose Online with the middle class rising, allowing ordinary people to buy a house, send their children to college, and generally have a nice life.

Now we are regressing back into the Gilded Age where the wealthy class is controlling all of the shots. China is rapidly becoming the 1 world power, fed by the wealthy class outsourcing of millions of jobs to China, India, Taiwan, Vietnam, and other countries.

And the wealthy class has been assisted by the millions of wannabes, the fools who keep the rules as they are because they have a delusion that they will someday accede to the elevated ranks.