Thorstein Veblen Was A Real Party Animal.

Thorstein Veblen, cranking off a marley.

Thorstein Veblen is famous for two things – inventing the beer bong and writing “The Theory of the Leisure Class.” He also invented the slotted spoon as a way to help people lose weight and coined the term “conspicuous consumption” which is a fancy way of saying “potlatch.”

Thorstein Veblen’s Theory of the Leisure Class—A Status Update

I was bewildered when I encountered a new social class at Yale four years ago: the luxury belief class. My confusion wasn’t surprising given my unusual background. When I was two years old, my mother was addicted to drugs and my father abandoned us. I grew up in multiple foster homes, was then adopted into a series of broken homes, and then experienced a series of family tragedies. Later, after a few years in the military, I went to Yale on the GI Bill. On campus, I realized that luxury beliefs have become fashionable status symbols. Luxury beliefs are ideas and opinions that confer status on the rich at very little cost, while taking a toll on the lower class.

In the past, people displayed their membership of the upper class with their material accoutrements. But today, luxury goods are more affordable than before. And people are less likely to receive validation for the material items they display. This is a problem for the affluent, who still want to broadcast their high social position. But they have come up with a clever solution. The affluent have decoupled social status from goods, and re-attached it to beliefs.

Human beings become more preoccupied with social status once our physical needs are met. In fact, research reveals that sociometric status (respect and admiration from peers) is more important for well-being than socioeconomic status. Furthermore, studies have shown that negative social judgment is associated with a spike in cortisol (hormone linked to stress) that is three times higher than non-social stressful situations. We feel pressure to build and maintain social status, and fear losing it.

It seems reasonable to think that the downtrodden might be most interested in obtaining status and money. But this is not the case. Inhabitants of prestigious institutions are even more interested than others in prestige and wealth. For many of them, that drive is how they reached their lofty positions in the first place. Fueling this interest, they’re surrounded by people just like them—their peers and competitors are also intelligent status-seekers. They persistently look for new ways to move upward and avoid moving downward. The French sociologist Émile Durkheim understood this when he wrote, “The more one has, the more one wants, since satisfactions received only stimulate instead of filling needs.” And indeed, a recent piece of research supports this: it is the upper class who are the most preoccupied with gaining wealth and status. In their paper, the researchers conclude, “relative to lower-class individuals, upper-class individuals have a greater desire for wealth and status…it is those who have more to start with (i.e., upper-class individuals) who also strive to acquire more wealth and status.” Plainly, high-status people desire status more than anyone else.


Veblen proposed that the wealthy flaunt these symbols not because they are useful, but because they are so pricey or wasteful that only the wealthy can afford them, which is why they’re high-status indicators. And this still goes on. A couple of winters ago it was common to see students at Yale and Harvard wearing Canada Goose jackets. Is it necessary to spend $900 to stay warm in New England? No. But kids weren’t spending their parents’ money just for the warmth. They were spending the equivalent of the typical American’s weekly income ($865) for the logo. Likewise, are students spending $250,000 at prestigious universities for the education? Maybe. But they are also spending it for the logo.

This is not to say that elite colleges don’t educate their students, or that Canada Goose jackets don’t keep their wearers warm. But top universities are also crucial for induction into the luxury belief class. Take vocabulary. Your typical middle-class American could not tell you what “heteronormative” or “cisgender” means. But if you visit Harvard, you’ll find plenty of rich 19-year-olds who will eagerly explain them to you. When someone uses the phrase “cultural appropriation,” what they are really saying is “I was educated at a top college.” Consider the Veblen quote, “Refined tastes, manners, habits of life are a useful evidence of gentility, because good breeding requires time, application and expense, and can therefore not be compassed by those whose time and energy are taken up with work.” Only the affluent can afford to learn strange vocabulary because ordinary people have real problems to worry about.

The chief purpose of luxury beliefs is to indicate evidence of the believer’s social class and education. Only academics educated at elite institutions could have conjured up a coherent and reasonable-sounding argument for why parents should not be allowed to raise their kids, and should hold baby lotteries instead. When an affluent person advocates for drug legalization, or anti-vaccination policies, or open borders, or loose sexual norms, or uses the term “white privilege,” they are engaging in a status display. They are trying to tell you, “I am a member of the upper class.”

Well, this theory about “luxury beliefs” sure does explain why Leftists are so gung ho for tranny rights. It also explains their obsession with global warming as well as odd practices like vaginal steaming, social justice, and listening to the music of Nickelback.

Native American Indian tribes of the American northwest gave us potlatch:

A potlatch involves giving away or destroying wealth or valuable items in order to demonstrate a leader’s wealth and power.

Obama gave us 8 years of potlatch, only he wasn’t giving away his own money. Biracist Colin Kaepernick conspicuously consumed his own career to prove that black people are oppressed in America. Democrats want to empty out all of our prisons and tell the cops to stop arresting people, but Democrat leaders live in gated communities that are unlikely to see the crime tsunami that would follow mass prison releases.

This might even explain why we subsidize the cost of housing for poor people in places like San Francisco. Wealthy Leftists need somebody around that they can sneer at.

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137 Responses to Thorstein Veblen Was A Real Party Animal.

  1. votermom says:

    Potlatch – that’s a new word for me

    • SHV says:

      From Wiki:
      “Typically the potlatch was practiced more in the winter seasons as historically the warmer months were for procuring wealth for the family, clan, or village, then coming home and sharing that with neighbors and friends.”
      Wiki makes it sound like social justice Christmas. Interesting how things have changed with internet “revision”. Years ago, when I read about Potlatch it was basically a substitute for war between tribes or family groups in the Pacific Northwest. Inorder to settle a dispute, the Chiefs would have a Potlatch where the disputing tribes would give away or burn food, blankets, etc. until one tribe ran out of “stuff”. A Potlatch usually was held in Fall/early Winter so that the losing tribe had a high likely hood of starving and freezing to death. That’s why the practice was band not that “Social Justice” native traditions were a threat to Christian beliefs.

    • John Denney says:

      I seem to recall a short story by the title, “Potlatch”, and if I remember correctly, involved kids random selection of another kid to be killed.

  2. votermom says:

    The article should uses the term “conspicuous convictions ” – clever update of virtue signaling

    It explains why TRS and Nevertrumping is BC a class thing – they don’t need a good economy, they are wealthy either way

  3. votermom says:

    Thanks for linking that article – really good. I’m gonna start using that term “luxury beliefs ” from now on

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  9. elliesmom says:

    I have a long time friend who is really into this kind of thing, and it really pisses her off that I won’t play. She grew up in a poor city and stayed in college long enough to get her MRS. She’s spent the rest of her life trying to prove to everyone she fits in with rich people. She’s not rich enough to be rich so it doesn’t work. In the process she’s alienated the rest of us until only a few of us stuck with her. I haven’t seen her in a year. Not since I explained to her socialism is the economics of envy, and while envy was an emotion she was familiar with, I was just fine with what I had. She couldn’t take what I had and give it away to someone else to make her look like she was so rich she could afford it without my pushing back. She asked what was I going to do about it, and I said help get Donald Trump re-elected. As I said, I haven’t seen her in a year.

  10. Dora says:

    Oh No! They can’t find anything, so they are going back to this again. Stop it already! Just stop it!

  11. lyn says:

    The third season of The Crown is good.

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  13. foxyladi14 says:

    YES!!! 😀
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  15. swanspirit says:

    How in the hell is it, that someone on Fox news, named Amy Jaffe, supposedly on the Council for Foreign Affairs, is so incredibly fucking stupid, that when discussing the President’s new policy on the so called Israeli settlements, used the term ” Final Solution”?
    She said, we don’t know what the final solution will be, and she said it more than once. I could not believe what I was hearing.

  16. Mothy67 says:

    Shame that Chick fil a is dropping Salvation Army.
    They do a lot of good here. They run a 90 day inpatient rehab and operate numerous shelters. they send homeless people to their stores with vouchers for clothes.I don’t know of any SJW organizations that do 1/1000th of what they do. Their donation was 115,000 to provide gifts at Christmas for poor kids.
    They also provide a lot of jobs to people with splotchy employment records mostly excons. You can get a decent winter coat for 5 bucks. So yeah pressuring companies to stop donating to faith based orgs makes sense????

  17. Mothy67 says:

    Major markets all closed with record highs AGAIN.

  18. Myiq2xu™ says:

    • lyn says:

      Can’t get upset about this.

    • 1539days says:

      The National Review article already has a correction because the dumbass who wrote it thought Chik-fil-A put Bible verses on their cups. I’m not that inclined to take their word for it.

      • lyn says:

        In-N-Out Burger prints Bible verses on all of its products: cups, burger wrappers, fryboats, even employee paychecks. They appear in very small print and always in discreet places, but they’re there nonetheless.

        The beverage seen here, for example, reads “John 3:16.” That citation refers to the Bible verse, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

  19. lateblum says:

    What happened on The Five today??

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  23. Mothy67 says:

    I almost feel bad for him

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  25. DeniseVB says:

    I’ll just leave this here.

  26. Angie says:

    What the actual fuck?

    • Cisco says:

      Except for the former RTOTUS, right tackle of the US I have no idea who the guys are.
      The one standing , not in the yellow dress and the one in the picture.
      Am I supposed to?

    • lyn says:

      The baby GIF in the replies is great. Mooch looks like she’s had a lot of plastic surgery on her face.

    • Island Girl says:

      LOL pathetic

    • swanspirit says:

      She looks like she is trying to stuff herself into a very bad teen prom dress. She might have gotten away with the bottom portion of the dress, but there is absolutely no excuse for the top. There are a thousand different things, that could have been done with the top, that would have been, if not flattering and flattening, at least not hideous.
      But that’s Mooch, go with hideous.

      • elliesmom says:

        I keep going back to the royal blue dress Christian Siriano designed for her for her speech at the Democratic Convention in 2016. She looked elegant. It fit her perfectly. It was age appropriate. I don’t know why she didn’t put him on retainer. He’s the designer who put Leslie Jones in that killer red dress for the Oscars so he’s a “designer to the stars”. I first fell in love with his clothes when he was a contestant on Project Runway. He stood out from the crowd because he really seemed to want to make women, any woman, look wonderful. He’s taken over for Tim Gunn. I had pretty much decided I was tired of the show, but Siriano has me watching again. He designed a line of shoes for PayLess, and I usually don’t buy shoes there, but I have two pairs. This season he has a line of clothes for J.Jill. They’re modeled by tall women, short women, skinny women, and plus-sized women. They all look great. I’ve done a lot of sewing for other women. We don’t always see what’s wrong with our clothes, but when we put the right thing on, there’s usually a flash of recognition that we really look good. In Michelle’s case, when she looked in the mirror and saw how great she can look, she had the resources to make it happen every time she gets dressed. Her lack of self-awareness is almost pathological. It’s like she wants to look bad.

        • DeniseVB says:

          As someone else said, results like this is what happens when no one’s allowed to criticize you. Chelsea looked great at that convention too. On tour with her mom now, she seems older than her years.

        • Constance says:

          Well Michelle doesn’t want to look like herself that’s for sure. She seems to like yellow and she looks good in it when most people and especially most white people can’t wear it, So she could continue with the yellow as a personal fashion signature. But get a grip regarding age appropriate. I have to say a lot of women I see on TV that are from DC seem to wear clothes that are not age appropriate. I always seem to see pictures of women over 40 in strapless dresses and that is just a lot of sun spotted bad texture skin I don’t care how hot and humid it is.

    • Anthony says:

      “They gonna put y’all back in chains” 🤣🤣🤣 What in gay hell is she wearing???

    • lateblum says:

      Oh my! I was scrolling from the ground up to this phto. And I was becoming “curiouser and curiouser” so I flew up to here and nearly dropped my coffee.
      WTAF is entirely the correct response to this thread mage.

  27. Angie says:

    • lyn says:

      Best. Tweet. Ever.

    • lyn says:

      Juanita Broaddrick @atensnut
      My Lord, what was the carbon emission tax on that one?

      Chris Stacy @christacyvegas
      We just lost 2 years off the AOC 12 years till the end of earth as we know it !

      Carole Ann @CaroleFahrner

      Joel Fischer ‏ @JFNYC1
      The real whistleblower

    • taw46 says:

      There are some funny replies to Saavedra’s tweet. “He finally nuked us.”

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  32. DeniseVB says:

    It’s going to be on my timeline all day today, isn’t it? 😛

  33. Mothy67 says:

    The New York Post ran with it. He’s getting more attention than during his run. Can we expect kamala to break wind soon?

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  35. DeniseVB says:

    Meanwhile, in other news. All this for a bear? I guess it’s part of a deal with China that we return baby pandas when they turn 4. China has a great program where the panda population is coming back from the brink of extinction. Now, about their human rights program………hmmm?

    Would ya look at that media turn out?

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  37. helenk3 says:

    another round of the whispering down the lane game by the dems. This time IRS

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  39. helenk3 says:

    1-2-3 how soon will demented nancy start on the president’s health?

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  41. helenk3 says:

    my bad self laughed at this

    quid-pro-quo must be the crime of the year for the dems

  42. helenk3 says:

    prison officers arrested and named in Epstein case.
    their desks were 15FT away from his cell

  43. Angie says:

    That’s my Senator 🤣🤣🤣

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      Why do I let you talk me into clicking on links?
      From what I could see (Daily Mail now is anti-ads blocker), if that really is Bruce, he does indeed have more, better developed and better supported cleavage than MO.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Because you trust me 😉 We know UKDM is a trash tabloid, but nobody has better photos. I found Brucelyn’s photo spread more interesting than the rest of Michelle’s corn cob lemon bag dress, she wasn’t featured, so no sketchings in their coverage of the Portrait Gallery thingy.

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