Thursday, November 29, 2012

Makers and Takers Again

I didn't pick up on it right away, but while we were watching The Apartment the other night, I could swear I heard something that must count as a cultural marker.  That is: assuming memory serves, I heard somebody refer to some other folks as "takers."

The 47 percent, you say? Ah no, that's just it; not the 47 percent.  The point was that the "takers" here were the rich folks, the ones with the royal jelly on their fingertips, who took (sic) what they wanted and didn't have to pay.  As Marx might say, the unearned increment.

When, do you suppose, did "takers" pass through the singularity, reverse polarities, and acquire the meaning that Mitt Romney and his pals give it today?

1 comment:

Jimbo said...

Ah...Billy Wilder. Loved everything that guy ever did, Wunderkind!
But, yes, the takers have mostly all become parasites. We need a concerted campaign of subversion against the oligarchy to bring it down. That should be the next long game to counter their long game.