$400 Shoes

$400 shoes exist because there are people who will pay $400 for shoes. These people exist because people think about relative, not actual, cost when spending, and the relative cost of $400 shoes to a millionaire is nothing. Millionaires exist because modern economies pay people not in direct proportion to their effort, but the value of their efforts, which is why 4 hours working on a computer can get you more than four hours in a lumberyard. People are paid by value and not effort because those who control money don't want to give it up. 

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Reclaiming the Spirit of Liberalism

We live in an age where technology mediates our connection to our ourselves and others, wreaking havoc on our ability to be present with our bodily thoughts, feelings, and sensations. The person who votes Democrat and reads the New Yorker, but remains glued to their iPhone and unable to confront the unfamiliar Other on the Dartmouth campus, does not embody the true spirit of liberalism.

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