Tuesday, March 29, 2005


Conspiracy theories have always been with us, but they have become extremely popular in recent years. Offering simple answers to extremely complex questions, they are seductive to those who do not examine issues too closely. They also appeal to those who harbor deep-seated resentments against "the rich," "the powerful," "the Jews," or whatever other group a person might envy and wish to see brought down. (See my book

Resentment Against Achievement
for a great deal more about this.]

---his article on this book, is below-----

Resentment Against Achievement
Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY, 1988, Cloth, $27.95. ISBN 0-87975-447-8.
From SUCCESS Magazine, November, 1988, p. 4:
Editor's Note by Scott DaGarmo

Resentment Against Achievement - A Motivational Tour de Force

"Wealth is crime enough to him that's poor."
-Sir John Denham (1615-1669)
Those who hate achievement have made their mark throughout history.
Angry mobs inflamed by envy destroyed the magnificent works of ancient civilization. In their insane riots, these madmen even dismembered the statues we still treasure for their beauty, despite their missing limbs.
Today we see the hatred of achievement in slashed tires, vandalized classrooms, and sabotaged office machines.
We see it in a hostile suspicion toward "greedy capitalists," who are depicted as exploiters rather than what they really are - the creators of jobs and wealth.
We see it in a surly animosity toward managers and owners, who are reviled as enemies despite the fact that they would like nothing better than to inspire the resentful with a desire to achieve. Instead of seeing employers as powerful economic allies, the resentful scorn their values, then blame "the system" on their not being able to find work.
We see it among intellectuals, who seethe with jealousy at the sight of individuals less educated than they making bigger incomes.
We see it in lower-class toughs, whose poverty is "an inevitable consequence of the achievement-hating values they preserve and (forcibly) transmit."
All this and more makes up the thesis of a new book by Robert Sheaffer entitled "Resentment Against Achievement". Subtitled "Understanding the Assault Upon Ability," the book crackles with ideas that others have failed to perceive, or have been too timid to express.
The rhetoric of resentment is highly polished, and achievers are often left speechless in its onslaught. Within this book is a reply to virtually every defense made for the resentful. For example, says the author, people do not steal because they are poor. (A fatuous notion when you note that what is stolen today are not loaves of bread and beans but luxury items like jewelry and stereos that are fenced for drugs.) Rather, they are poor because they steal. Sheaffer makes a rational - rather than moralistic - case that the "upper-class" values of honesty, reliability, self-discipline, and respect for property are integral to success for anyone.
Similarly, Sheaffer asserts that what is needed in education is nothing less than an assault on lower-class culture. Sheaffer is not talking about genocide, but about a "benign cultural imperialism" allied at recruiting lower-class members into the upper classes by teaching them how to succeed.
Don't mistake Sheaffer for a bigoted arch-conservative. He is a libertarian, with a powerful belief in individual liberties, free trade, and open opportunity. He has articulated a philosophy for a complex, urban, high-tech, competitive, entrepreneurial society - a philosophy that affirms a new-age morality based on accomplishment.
This book will offend those with rigidly conventional religious views, and I suggest they do not read it. On the other hand, those who thrive on the elixir of fresh insights will be delighted as the author excoriates religion for romanticizing, and hence perpetuating, economic incompetence. Sheaffer urges the impoverished to break away from a slave morality that encourages passivity, and embrace a new morality based on the pride of achievement.
Today, you don't need to be born wealthy to be perceived as a member of the higher classes, says Sheaffer. "Those who adopt higher-class values and ethics will find themselves gradually accumulating so much money that no one will doubt their status any longer."
He urges everyone to experience the joy of being achievers, those fortunate people who "create because of an inner fire urging them onward."
For all its harsh denunciation of the resentful, this book is a positive call to action not to harm people but to help them succeed. Some will see this work as mainly political. But the author has also written a valuable tour de force of motivation with a message for us all:
Harboring resentment is self-destructive. It keeps you from succeeding.


I will have to see if i can raed this book, i note that it is for sale at Amazon.

This idea he writes of explains SO much how so many of the iberal left/new age
people want to seem to "redistrubute the wealth", or to pull down anyone who has accomplished something!
the christian finger pointer who wants to see the end of the world to punish all our sinfull ways of having the fun that maybe the self-repressed christian is envious
of, in his own life!
There are many many who "want' to see earthquakes and the destruction of our earthly "sodom and Gormorra"!