Always the Inequality
February 24, 2015 at 9:13 pm
Reason's Matt Welch does a really nice job of catching the New York Times fretting that Cuba's opening to the U.S. will increase income inequality in Cuba. (Link via Walter Olson.)
And a Times column by Ginia Bellafante about climate change somehow manages to make that story, too, about inequality:
the luxury glass towers proliferating in Manhattan would also do terribly — reaching just slightly above freezing by the fourth day. During a summer blackout, glass towers, because of the intensity with which glass conducts heat, would be rough places to live; indoor temperature would get into the high 80s and beyond by Day 3. (Of course, it is the ultimate science fiction to imagine that anyone living in a $50 million apartment with wall-to-wall views would be in New York in August in the first place.)
In both cold and hot conditions, the study found, a rowhouse would be the best place to be. Being attached to other houses limits its exposure and keeps it better insulated. During a winter blackout, the temperature in a townhouse would still be in the low 40s after a week. As if the Brooklyn brownstone needed more to make it a precious commodity, this should be reason enough. And what this all implies is that the poor are right to resent the affluent, but might feel sorry for the exceedingly rich.
Got that? "The poor are right to resent the affluent."
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