Not being conversant with the habits of the very rich, I do not know if venture capitalist Tom Perkins much-mocked letter to the Wall Street Journal comparing people like him to the persecuted German Jews earned him high-fives from his peers or embarrassed silence. But if they do indeed share his fear of Occupy and are preparing for a “progressive Kristallnacht” (an oxymoron, I would trust), then they are made of flimsier stuff than we’ve been led to believe.

And you know who would be most ashamed of these fearful titans, had she lived to see this day? Ayn Rand, that’s who. How could she worship the Creative Capitalist if he’s cowering in his mansion?

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.