Oct 29, 2021Liked by Richard Hanania

I am a woman. I grew up in NYC in the 90's and have been around stockbrokers a bit. I even had job as a secretary on Wall Street for a day when I was in High School. I smoked pot, laced with something, with my boss and was sexually harassed by him. That was fun. A Black friend of mine who worked on Wall Street for a bit told me that guys who work on Wall Street are very sexist and very racist. He said that my boss and his co-worker (who gave us the pot) intended to drug me and rape me. So to answer your question Richard, no stockbrokers are nothing like academics (I know academics really well). They are edgy and "spirited" as Rob would say. I saw a hole in the wall in my boss' office and he told me that his co-worker had a bad day lol. Yeah they are aggressive AF.

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Thanks, this made me smile.

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Rob just had an outstanding thread on twitter and I'm glad I saw it before posting my mid-wit hot take. Ultimately, I liked Parasite because it came off as authentic and original. Quite a contrast to the soulless paint-by-numbers superhero movies.

I too missed the paradigm of downwardly mobile middle class vs upwardly mobile middle class. Rob's correct that the permanently/legacy rich aren't concerned with showing it off like the Parks are. The millionaires drive the Escalades, but the billionaires drive the Suburbans. I think the theme in America is more of a downwardly mobile upper class which looks something like the following. Child of managerial class parents grows up in an extremely structured environment, never has a job in high school and barely squeaks into a poor man's Ivy League (Skidmore, Bates, Williams, etc.). Since they barely got in, they have to pay the full boat $75K tuition. Mom and/or Dad just got the big promo to associate VP since they came up with the coolest sounding buzzword, but the tuition nearly wipes them out. The kid's poli-sci degree means they have to go to an even more expansive grad school or law school. They pile up more debt and will struggle for decades to pay it off while thinking they can score it big in journalism, law or politics. They will never be able to afford the $1.4 million it costs for a fixer-upper in some Blue-topian area of a city. Finally, it has NEVER crossed their mind that they could have "made it" with a 4-year state school degree in Engineering (gasp!). As Richard has beaten to death, people of this mentality are completely turned off by productive, even highly skilled productive work.

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