The ways these wealthy New Yorkers identify and avoid stigma matter not because we should feel sorry for uncomfortable rich people, but because they tell us something about how economic inequality is hidden, justified and maintained in American life.
Keeping silent about social class, a norm that goes far beyond the affluent, can make Americans feel that class doesn’t, or shouldn’t, matter. And judging wealthy people on the basis of their individual behaviors — do they work hard enough, do they consume reasonably enough, do they give back enough — distracts us from other kinds of questions about the morality of vastly unequal distributions of wealth.
To hide the price tags is not to hide the privilege; the nanny is no doubt aware of the class gap whether or not she knows the price of her employer’s bread. Instead, such moves help wealthy people manage their discomfort with inequality, which in turn makes that inequality impossible to talk honestly about — or to change.
now we all know I’m an angel, “above petty materialism” (psh), but next year…
💸 $aturn goe$ into capricorn, uranu$ goe$ into tauru$ and it will be a number ✌💲 TWO 💲✌ year in numerology. 💸 $tay focu$ed on your bu$ine$$ goal$ and $tay receptive to material ble$$ing$! 💸 Gear your mind toward$ innovative and geniu$ way$ to bring your de$ire$ for wealth and abundance into exi$tence! 💸