What do these three have to do with one another? Frank Rich finds a thread
“Nothing has revealed how much the class warriors of the right and left of our time have in common,” writes Frank Rich in the Oct. 23 issue of
New York Magazine
, “than the national outpouring after Steve Jobs’s death.”
Rich, who left his high-profile perch on the OpEd page of the New York Times earlier this year to be a writer-at-large for New York, starts the essay entitled The Class War Has Begun by comparing the Bonus Army that pitched tents in view of the Capitol at the height of the Great Depression to the crowd that took over Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park nearly 80 years later. He quickly concludes, as many observers (but few participants) have, that the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street movements are really two sides of the same coin.
Enter the late co-founder of Apple (AAPL). “Some on the right,” Rich writes, “were baffled that the ostensible Marxists demonstrating in lower Manhattan would observe a moment of silence and assemble makeshift shrines for a top one-percenter like Jobs.” He quotes the conservative blogger Michelle Malkin:
Rich responds to Malkin by making an interesting case — one I hadn’t heard before — that the kind of capitalism Jobs pursued bears almost no resemblance to the capitalism that both the Occupiers and the Tea Partiers feel has failed them. He writes:
I miss my weekly dose of Frank Rich. It’s good to have him back. You can catch his recent essays here.