[Ed. – Another over-the-top comparison destined to be the next topic for debate]
A multibillionaire venture capitalist has been criticized after appearing to compare criticism of super-rich Americans to the Holocaust.
Tom Perkins, thought to be worth some $8 billion, wrote to the Wall Street Journal in anger at the “war on the rich” being waged in the US.
“Writing from the epicenter of progressive thought, San Francisco, I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its ‘one per cent,’ namely the Jews, to the progressive war on the American one per cent, namely the ‘rich,'” he wrote.
Perkins tells the WSJ that there is a “demonization of the rich” in America and said the attacks on the rich reflected a “very dangerous drift in American thinking,” adding, “Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its descendant ‘progressive’ radicalism unthinkable now?”
Kristallnacht (Night of Crystal) was launched in 1938 by the Nazis against Jews in Germany and Austria, where Jewish homes, businesses and synagogues were attacked. It got its name from all the broken shards of glass left on the streets after the attacks.
Perkins comments have not gone unnoticed.