Billionaire Jeff Greene, who amassed a multibillion dollar fortune investing in real estate and betting against subprime mortgage securities, says the U.S. faces a jobs crisis that will cause social unrest and radical politics.
“America’s lifestyle expectations are far too high and need to be adjusted so we have less things and a smaller, better existence,” Greene said in an interview today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “We need to reinvent our whole system of life.”
And then, blah blah blah, and later we found out about how much he’s spending on his Davos sojourn, $43 for a hot dog, two nannies in tow, cue accusations of elitist hypocrisy.
I like throwing around accusations of elitist hypocrisy as much as anyone, so much so that I even have a category for it on this blog. I also think that elitist hypocrisy really digs deep into the anger of the public consciousness. Remember, one of the most effective political campaigns against Barack Obama, and there haven’t been many, was the NRA’s ad of about two years ago entitled “Elitist Hypocrisy.”
But that’s not what interests me here with this Jeff Greene thing. What does are two things:
One, he says that “America’s lifestyle expectations are far too high…” He’s not saying this because he thinks there are some forces beyond our control that are mandating that. He’s saying that because he wants it to be true, and the reason he wants us to embrace happily a lower standard of living, for whatever contrived cock and bull excuse he and his ilk are going to trot out, (mainly “save the environment”), is that the less we are happy with, the less they need to pay us, which in turn amounts to another constant steady transfer of wealth from labor to capital. It’s the same reason they all want “comprehensive immigration reform.”
Two, notice where he said these words and where he went. Davos, Switzerland. That angle can’t be overlooked either, because as Steve Sailer has noted, the general trend in today’s plutocratic class is less Bilderberg and more Davos. That is, Bilderberg was all about plutocrats and their favorite politicians all hanging out at expensive resorts so that the former can bark orders at the latter. Eventually, the PR of that got to be so bad that it bled through the propaganda that our noticing Bilderberg skullduggery was just a function of our tinfoil hats being on too tight. OTOH, Davos is a metaphor for the plutocrats going to an Alpine ski town mostly by themselves and bathing themselves in the lush warm do-gooder waters, a massive public relations campaign wherein they try to pass off their greed and selfishness as compassion. The rich get richer at the expense of everyone else? Naw man, it’s compassion for the oppressed non-white immigrant, opposing *-ism + *-phobia, and saving the Earth.