Mother Jones' critical essay on Stoicism as a philosophy of the ruling class

  • "What’s so incongruous about a ruling-class philosophy that says that things are as they were fated to be, so just deal? ... In an era of massive inequality, it was only a matter of time before someone found a way to rebrand the oligarchs’ retreat from their social obligations as timeless, hard-edged virtue."


    subtitle of essay:

    In the most indulgent and self-satisfied place in America, Stoicism is all the rage.

    https://www.motherjones.com/me…-valley-stoicism-holiday/

    "Please always remember my doctrines!" - Epicurus' last words

  • Looks like Mother Jones pursuing the same idea as the New York times in March of 2019:


    Silicon Valley, Big Tech, And Stoicism


    Also:


    Doesn't sound like the author really understands his subject -- this quote indicates that he basically approaches issues from a Platonist / idealist perspective, and he should probably be embracing Stoicism due to the idealism Stoicism actually represents (that is when Stoicism is not wallowing in its self-pity, acceptance of fate, and inaction):

    In an era of massive inequality, it was only a matter of time before someone found a way to rebrand the oligarchs’ retreat from their social obligations as timeless, hard-edged virtue.


    One last edit: after thinking further I bet the author more accurately could be pegged as following Cicero's critique of the Stoics in "On Ends" (which is a work that ought to make clear that Cicero was not a Stoic himself.)