RationalWiki's 2018 Fundraiser

There is no RationalWiki without you. We are a small non-profit with no staff — we are hundreds of volunteers who document pseudoscience and crankery around the world every day. We will never allow ads because we must remain independent. We cannot rely on big donors with corresponding big agendas. We are not the largest website around, but we believe we play an important role in defending truth and objectivity.

If everyone seeing this today donates $5, we will meet our goal for 2018.

Fighting pseudoscience isn't free.
We are 100% user-supported! Help and donate $5, $20 or whatever you can today with PayPal Logo.png!

Donations so far: $3630Goal: $5000

Champagne socialist

From RationalWiki
Jump to: navigation, search
"Workers of the world unite; Trotsky, pass the caviar."
We control what
you think with

Icon language.svg
Said and done
Jargon, buzzwords, slogans
Not to be confused with a Bourbon DemocratWikipedia's W.svg.
Nikita Khrushchev: The difference between you and I, is that I came from peasant stock, but you are the son of a wealthy landlord.
Mao Zedong: Well, there is one similarity; each of us is traitor to his class.

The term "champagne socialist" is a snarl word used primarily by folks who believe in shooting the messenger that people who have been the beneficiaries of capitalism should be precluded from criticizing its failures and shortcomings.

In other words, those who have eight cows shouldn't try to redistribute your three. The term was first used in 1906 by George Cary Eggleston,Wikipedia's W.svg who contrasted it with the "beer socialist" who is of the working class.[1]

Hilariously, Karl Marx himself may arguably qualify under the term, considering he was supported by his best friend — the wealthy playboy Friedrich Engels — who shared Marx's views.

Some examples[edit]

An example of a champagne socialist could be Vladimir Lenin, father of the Russian Revolution who despite being a Communist, was a spoilt rich kid who had never set foot on a farm or in a factory where the oppressed proletariat worked.

In contrast to the stereotypical champagne socialist however, Lenin lived quite an ascetic existence, was allegedly asexual, a vegetarian and did not consume alcohol.

A more definite example would be the depraved British comedian Russell Brand who is constantly talking about "revolution" despite being privately worth fifteen million dollars, living in Beverly Hills and previously being married to singer Katy Perry.

Another potential[2] example is Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm, who allegedly left 1.8 million pounds to his family at the time of his death.[3]

Other terms[edit]

See also[edit]