Bernie Sanders says that billionaires have "psychiatric issues." He’s not entirely incorrect.

Bernie Sanders comment to MSNBC a few months ago is perhaps the first time I’ve heard a politician suggest the ultra rich or the 1%; as its commonly
referred too, have a different way of thinking as opposed to us common folk.

His remarks really aren’t too out of touch with reality, or entirely incorrect. Having said that, I’m glad there is a person running for president
whose discussing and make comments like this, kind of puts it into perspective; not only does he understand the growing riff of income inequality and
desparity, his depth of understanding the issue is profoundly more legitimate.

“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them
soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think,
deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they
enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different.”

—F. Scott Fitzgerald


Bernie Sanders’ unexpectedly popular presidential campaign features a lot of rhetoric that we don’t usually hear in mainstream politics. One
striking example is the Vermont senator’s contention that the ultra-rich suffer from “psychiatric issues” that manifest in an addiction to money
and a worldview divorced from reality.

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