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Pardon my puritanism

28 June 2013

Deborah Bonello (Mexico Reporter) posted on her Facebook page a question that has frankly flabbergasted me:

I watched a posh Mexican drop 20,000 pesos on a ‘pomo’ of tequila last night in a Condesa store. That’s nearly 2000 bucks. Money to burn, or just good taste?

Really… 2000 dollars in a country where the median household income is 4500 dollars? I don’t care how fine the tequila is, or how lovely the pomo … that’s seriously fucked-up.

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  1. 29 June 2013 12:44 pm

    I’ve had many people — a surprising number, really — object violently to this thought: There is a point at which enough is enough. That people can spend so much on a meaningless thing shows they have far too much money. If everyone were that wealthy, then who cares? But they aren’t. In the face of vast poverty, vast wealth is a crime.

    That someone spends so much on themselves, surrounded by others in need, is the epitome of selfishness.

    The counter argument goes: “Why do you hate the rich? They’ve earned their money, unlike all the lazy people who do nothing. The rich deserve their money and deserve to enjoy it.”

    Is that like Grey Poupon? A product marketed to the struggling through association with the very rich. Not everyone can afford a Rolls-Royce, but a lot of people can afford a $40 peso tiny jar of mediocre mustard.

    Maybe the struggling admire the rich and hope they’ll hit the lottery one day, but the truth is that the money is almost always family money, regardless of country. And the money is almost always extracted from the exploitation of many for the benefit of a few.

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