Hate not only soothes and protects us from internal demons; it allows us, through omission and commission, to act out on the hated. We do not feel bound by the same strictures of behavior we would feel if people were, after all, "like us." In the case of the poor, they provide a needed source of resources. It is important for us, the takers, to feel okay about this, especially as we ourselves are less willing to make the kind of efforts we expect of them. Amazing as it may seem, we need the resources of the poor and the elderly. In the period of the surveys here, resources were less of a problem because the economy was growing enormously. Thus, we could fund "social justice" because the costs only meant our own resources grew a bit more slowly. The negativism was thus held at bay. However, the worm turned, the chicken came home to roost, and we had to pay the piper. Poor hate roared out of the cultural closet.
People in all societies have needs and wants. These needs and wants will exceed available resources at any point in time--in both an absolute and a relative sense--and the gap between them will be maintained. This gap exists in an absolute sense because it is present in every society, developed or underdeveloped, large or small. It is also present in subunits within the society: formal organizations, governments, families, or individuals. One way or an-