Episode from the podcastVox Conversations

What it means to be a "good" rich person

Released Thursday, 21st January 2021
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Vox columnist Anne Helen Petersen talks with sociologist Rachel Sherman about her research into the anxieties of wealthy people and their desire to be seen as "middle class." Sherman's work exposes the flawed stories we tell ourselves about who qualifies as middle class and who qualifies as "good" in the US.
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The first half of this conversation can be summed up as: rich people have a bad rap, so lots of rich people like to pretend to be middle class. This is such a difficult problem to care about that I was surprised that the guest had not only done her thesis on it, she had gone on to write a book about it. As I was about to bail, the conversation took a turn and got a little more interesting. It turns out, some wealthy people feel so bad about being wealthy that they are giving away some of their wealth in a way that might change our current systems of inequality. Spoiler alert: not that much money (they are still wealthy), and the wealth gap continues to widen. 1% problems are rough, I guess.
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