Thursday, August 26, 2010
Prateik Dalmia's analysis of why Hollywood is infested with leftists could stand to focus more on the saturation of the culture with altruism. Nevertheless, I think he makes a profound observation regarding one of the psychological bases of this phenomenon:
Hollywood stars hence feel that there is something arbitrary about their success -- that their personal merit does not warrant their revered status. While they may be pleased at this outcome, they can't help but feel that the system is unjust because their status is undeserved. They watch people in the lower rungs of society struggle and become overcome by a deep sense of guilt for holding the winning ticket in the lottery of life. They distrust capitalism for the seemingly unfair inequality it produces and thus favor redistribution.That is, on top of knowing nothing about capitalism, they feel unearned guilt (page-search "guilt") for their success.