Quoth Matt Yglesias:
It's always interesting to ask about people's subjective definitions of "rich" and an interesting token of how class-stratified we've become as a society that so many people in the top twenty percent of the income distribution tend not to think of themselves as rich.
Isn't it a good thing that these people don't think of themselves as rich? A sign of the social equality that prevails in America, a country where many in the top twenty percent shop at Costco alongside people far poorer for slightly bigger televisions on which to watch the same crappy shows?
My sense of the alternatives available to us are as follows: 1) rich people who know it and think they're better than everyone else; 2) rich folk who work at staying humble; and 3) rich folk who interact with everyone else as if they're equals since that's how they naturally feel.
I tend to think that the last choice is preferable, and I say that as someone who's spent more than he could afford a few times on restaurants chosen by people who make far more money than I do but don't quite realize it.
Anyway, my suspicion is that in countries far more stratified than ours the rich haven't any problem identifying themselves as such.
Over to you, Mickey Kaus...