Not to mention that one of the reasons Americans in general could be comfortable with his statement in the context it was uttered was precisely because it was a personally chosen sacrifice. We tend to perceive a difference between the heroic sacrifice of one to save many versus the identical many to one calculus in the many choosing a one to be an unwilling sacrifice, as in the maiden chosen as tribute to a dragon, or to a volcano, and we cheer for the hero that saves them. If the prophecied disaster befalls the many in that case, we may even feel it was just desserts for the 'evil' of their continued sacrifice of others.
Wealthy people in Europe learned to start being more quiet about their wealth when many members of the French aristocracy were forcibly made almost a foot shorter. I'd like to think that eventually in the United States, people like Shkreli will need to live permanently within guarded/gated communities. But Big Tobacco executives kill almost a half million people in the United States every year, and they just keep getting more wealthy while they enjoy mint juleps on their fucking golf courses. So, I'm not encouraged.
With 12 nations expected to sign the corporate-friendly Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) in New Zealand on Thursday, opponents in the U.S. and beyond are renewing their criticisms of the deal's worst provisions, which they warn pose serious dangers to the climate, working families, and democracy.
Imagine that. Imagine if you or I only spoke the truth 5% of the time. We'd be fired and then imprisoned or hospitalized.
One is led to wonder which of his statements were true: "I'm hungry"? "I have an itch on my ass that I can't scratch because I'm on television"? "The men's room is down that hall"? Nah, I was kidding about that last one! He would never help someone find the men's room.