David Graeber: Why has the basic logic of austerity been accepted by everyone? Because solidarity has come to be viewed as a scourge.
And humans being the empathetic creatures
that they are, knowledge leads
The rich and powerful, meanwhile, can remain oblivious and uncaring, because they can afford to. Numerous psychological studies have recently confirmed this. Those born to working-class families invariably score far better at tests of gauging others’ feelings than scions of the rich, or professional classes.
In a way it’s hardly surprising. After all, this is what being “powerful” is largely about: not having to pay a lot of attention to what those around one are thinking and feeling. The powerful employ others to do that for them.