Middle Class Angst


Portrait of Leslie Howard (1893-1943) by Reginald G.Eves (British 1876-1941)....English stage and film actor. Among his best-known roles was Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind  and roles in Of Human Bondage  & The Scarlet Pimpernel. He was active in anti-Nazi propaganda and reputedly involved with British or Allied Intelligence. He died in  1943  when the plane he was travelling in was shot down over the Bay of Biscay... always a man of great elegance on and off the screen...

I have noted in my life a strange symmetry between the behaviours of the high and low social orders.

The high social orders and the low social orders have the same social habits:

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Too much drinking, sexual licentiousness, excess narcotics uses, sloth, habituation to gaming and a generalized self-indulgence.

Leslie Howard and one of his polo ponies

The high social orders behave in this way because they can do whatever they like.

Leslie Howard (3 April 1893 – 1 June 1943) was an English stage and film actor, director, and producer - best known for his role in Gone With the Wind

Their behaviour has no consequences, as riches alone define the rich, so they act as they wish.

Bette Davis and Leslie Howard as Mildred and Philip, Of Human Bondage (1934) - Walter W Seaton

Likewise, the low social orders behave in a manner identical to the rich because no matter how they behave, they remain poor and have no incentive to live a productive life.

As with the high orders, the behaviour of the low orders has no societal consequence, as poverty alone defines the poor.

Leslie Howard in Never the Twain Shall Meet

There is nothing that can be taken away from the poor man as punishment for his loutish behaviour, as he has nothing to take away.

Odd man, left out, in all this is the middle orders.

Leslie Howard and Binnie Barnes in The Lady Is Willing

Only the middle orders hold to what, the Americans call, middle class mores, because they must do so in order to maintain their, now very tenuous, grip on their social position and not fall down the social orders ladder into poverty, the condition most feared by the Americans of the middle orders.

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For the Americans of the middle orders, poverty is terminal social cancer.

Leslie Howard Forever

Incurable and intractable and simply too horrific to contemplate.


Oremus pro invicem

Always Faithfully,

Jack Begg

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I wear the chain I forged in life.


How short the list one could compile of those of whom it can be said that fame and money did not deprave?




 At Washington, capital city of the terminally self-absorbed, mortal man holds to fleeting, feeble and fallible opinion, God immutable fact.


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  • The rich man ought not be taxed at all~~he ought be compelled to employ and train the poor man~~directly~~
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  • In sunshine and in shadow~~I hold tight to the Republican view of time and money~~I write night and day~~yet~~while impecunious~~I am vastly overpaid~~in that taking pay to do what I love is unfair~~to my employer~~in a fair system~~under such circumstances~~I should pay him~~not he me~~I am far, far too old a man to be sexually confused~~praise Jesus~~but I am yet young enough to be politically confused~~is anyone not~~in an absolute sense~~I am a Catholic Royalist~~in a practical sense~~I am a Classical Liberal~~a Gaullist~~a Bonapartist~~an American Nationalist  Republican~~in either sense~~my head is soon for the chopping block~~to hasten my interlude with Madame La Guillotine~~I write without fear~and without favor of~any man~~~~
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  • ~~ ​Oremus pro invicem
  • Always Faithfully,
  • Jack Begg

Washington, DC, USA

Give’em an inch and they’ll take it ALL.


Given these tax rates, why would anybody bother to do anything at all????

When the Beatles were the biggest band in the world, they were in a 95% tax bracket

Modern Income Tax

The Modern Income Tax started in 1913 at a modest 1% rate​ and that 1% tax applied only to Rockefeller types.​

By 1918  it was 77% to finance WWI which the US should never have been involved in​, the war to end all war, that ended up being the war that never ended at all​.

In the name of “fairness” President Franklin D. Roosevelt idiotically proposed a 100% tax on all incomes over $25,000.

In the wake of WWII marginal rates got as high as 94% on incomes above $200,000.

Rates have generally been falling since 1964 when the top rate was lowered to 70%.


Gee, thanks.​

  • Oremus pro invicem

    Always Faithfully,

    Jack Begg

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    Oremus pro invicem

    In the name of God


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