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It’s easy to hate billionaires

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By Kathleen Parker

More than half a century ago, when the Apollo 11 astronauts took a giant leap for mankind and landed on the moon, my aunt, first cousin and I watched on a tiny tabletop TV — and wept. We were not alone in our emotional response to that earth-shattering event.

Recently, when two different billionaires separately boarded and launched their own rockets and ventured into suborbital space, few tears were shed. The two spacemen were viewed with a mixture of passing curiosity and snarling resentment. Just who do Jeff Bezos, the owner of The Washington Post and creator of Amazon, and Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder and chairman, think they are, anyway?

That seems to be the general consensus. Jacobin writer Luke Savage, well, savaged Bezos’ Blue Origin flight, which followed closely in the wake of Branson’s Virgin Galactic trip, calling it a “uniquely American disgrace.” Savage continued: “Only in a country whose ruling class has grown deeply deluded could a space joy ride like Jeff Bezos’ be seen as cause for public celebration rather than the symptom of moral rot and institutional decay that it so clearly is.”

Jacobin spends most of its time........

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