The poor are different from you and me…

“The rich are different than you and me” F. Scott Fitzgerald is purported to have told Ernest Hemingway, to which he is purported to have replied  “Yes, they have more money.” (In fact, that exchange never took place, but was a (favourable) reworking by Hemingway of a different exchange , but I digress)

I was thinking about this quote as I was reading Heather Mallick’s column about “Toddlers & Tiaras”, it’s spin-off “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and other “reality” shows which portray the, frankly, appalling behaviour of the North American “poor” (poor, in this case, being a decidedly relative context).  I doubt Mallick and I agree agree on much of anything, other than a common dislike for those shows.  But I suspect we dislike them for very different reasons which, I think, reflects the difference in thinking between the right (or at least the less retrograde elements of the right) and the left on the subject of the North American poor.

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