Tom Perkins is mad. You might say he’s “Mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.” What’s Tom mad about? Well, Mr. Perkins is a billionaire and he feels as if he’s being picked on. Actually, that’s rather understating the case. To be totally candid about it he feel like he’s being persecuted and all of us non-billionaires are the equivalent of the Nazis while he (and the rest of the wealthiest 1 percent) are the equivalent of the Jews that were rounded up and either killed or thrown into concentration camps during the infamous Kristallnacht. He actually used this historical reference in an open letter to the Wall Street Journal complaining of his treatment by the great unwashed. Kristallnacht, incidentally, was a pogrom which took place over all of Germany and most of Austria over a two-day period in November 1938. On this horrendous night, over 1,000 synagogues and 10,000 Jewish businesses were either burned or sacked. An unknown number of Jews were killed and as many as 500,000 were imprisoned. Kristallnacht means “night of glass,” and was so named because of the enormous amount of broken glass left in the wake of the destruction.
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