Good Charlotte captured it well in their song, "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," about the incessant whining of the privileged members of society. This is no doubt the focal point of this piece of writing.
To borrow from the Judeo-Christian worldview, since the fall of man at Eden, he's been plagued by insecurity from birth. Darwin attempted to explain the same in his "Natural Selection" theory but even that doesn't do justice to the avarice the human soul is capable of.
You might well justifiably ask what the problem such people as Ben Stein have. Aren't they beneficiaries of other people's money and expenditure - buying tickets, merchandise and just supporting their causes? Doesn't Wall Street also fall here, considering they are merely trustees of other people's wealth? Why wouldn't such people be in the frontline of understanding the dynamics of societal gaps, which include wealth?
I don't know Stein personally and hadn't even heard of him before this article. I'm therefore unqualified to judge his person, but his words here are different.
Insecurity, immaturity, a poverty complex, fear of the unknown, etc. Such fears must be confronted, much like bigotry. They must have their bluff called, shown for the hot air they really are. The founding fathers of this great nation borrowed from philosophers such as Voltaire, who espoused liberty, equality and freedom as fundamental rights of all.
It would pay for people like Stein to remember that they are indeed special, just like everyone else.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost