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When ordinary people defend billionaires

From arguments over whether £80,000 is "rich" to the bizarre spectacle of average earners defending the rights of billionaires, a deeply-held belief in exceptionalism has poisoned political debate

By Christiana Spens  

“The rich are different from you and me,” F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in his novella, The Rich Boy, with a sense of romantic longing. “Yes,” his rival, Ernest Hemingway was said to have replied, mockingly: “they have more money.” As Hemingway wrote later on, in a 1936 issue of Esquire magazine, “that was not humorous to Scott. He thought that they were a special glamorous race and when he found out they weren’t, it wrecked…

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