By J K Galbraith
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Knowing that other classes resent upper-class privileges and position, they seek to legitimate their class privilege by fulfilling financial and volunteer obligations to the community, as will be discussed in Chapter 6. These sometimes burdensome obligations are cited as another disadvantage of upper-class position. Recall Mrs. " When asked about the disadvantages of her way of life, she said: "It's the responsibility of living up to a name. You 32 The Meaning @jJJ:ipl[ight£idsMaterial have a lot of giving to do.
American Capitalism: The Concept of Countervailing Power by J K Galbraith