Nevertheless, many self-described left-wing academics of my acquaintance, though earning in the very highest percentiles of the income distribution, believe they are underpaid and ought to get more. This belief, I submit, is in practice inconsistent with even sophisticated egalitarianisms, and supports the view that they are more right-wing than they fancy themselves to be.
This is on that point that\’s been going around, that many self-defined left wingers are in fact a great deal more right wing than they think themselves to be.
What amuses me rather (about the entire point, not just this part of it from Bertram) is that I consider myself hugely more left wing than others perceive me to be. While equality isn\’t really something I worry about (I think there\’s a great deal too much absolute poverty out there for us to be concerned overly much about relative poverty within a rich society) all the other lefty bits I sign up for. You know, let\’s make the poor rich and so on.
I just disagree vehemently about the best way to reach these goals, that\’s all.