We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The "myth of equality" vanishes when you read carefully the phrase "all men are created equal" and realize that from that point of creation they start to differentiate. Some end up the good guys, and some the bad. The challenge is learning the skills to figure out which is which. I've been working away at that for about 80 years.
Since posts on the "moreintelligentlife" site are of the "approved" nature, I thought I'd cross-post...
How appropriate for Father's Day weekend. It's been my personal observation that the kind of men who can stomach being around a self-centered, I-must-always-be-entertained high-maintenance woman are generally on the dull side. Often they inherited their wealth.
KRW, Can't be any of the male bloggers here on the Farm. I think half of the men on this site are verbally and physically assaulted, by their wives daily. One quarter have a choke collar on them so tight that their unconsciense, all day . the other quarter are nambbie pambbie types. We're not dull, just whipped, and brow beaten, but never DULL!!
Re: the conspicuous consumption article link: This required funded, academic study? Anyone who has read 'Class' by Paul Fussell knows that the lower middle class is far more grasping than the bottom portions of the upper class. If you've got dough, it's gauche to display it with visible baubles- better to send the kids to a good school and vacation well and often, than to drive the Hummer to a home with sheets in the windows. The former has money, the latter only temporarily disposable income. In any boarding school, the rich kids 'slum it', (coach class in tattered jeans), while the scholarship students place undue importance upon brand names. Upper middle class homes are adorned with pictures of the owner standing next to political figures; the upper class assumes such associations, and has no need to broadcast.