March 18, 2012, - 3:52 pm
Because I’m interested in art, architecture, and design, I usually enjoy reading the regular Friday Wall Street Journal article on the unusual or remarkable homes of mostly wealthy people. The feature runs in the Friday Journal section. But this Friday, the Journal skipped that in favor of an article on the rising real estate costs in San Francisco fueled by the tech-boom. That’s not exactly news to anyone paying attention, as the San Francisco area features some of the highest prices per square foot in a home and the most expensive real estate and office space in the nation, even when competing head-to-head with New York. It’s a phenomenon that’s existed for more than a decade.
Gagan & Jasmin Arneja: Crusaders Against Gordon Gekko-Esque Homes in Their $1.5 Million Home
What also isn’t news is the arrogance and pretentiousness of the liberal tech-boomer hypocrites trying to pretend that they are better than capitalists and capitalism and remain non-materialistic/non-one-percenters when they spend a gazillion dollars for a tiny shack. It’s typical limousine liberal BS, but it’s all the more jarring and ridiculous when you read quotes like the one from Jasmin Arneja, a fellow traveler in liberal fakery and phoniness:
Twenty-two people, including employees of Facebook, Zynga, Google and Pixar, battled for the home. The winning offer was $1.5 million—40% higher than the asking price. The house had a great view, but it was only 1,800 square feet and came with an old kitchen which, like most of the interior, was covered in 1970s plywood paneling. Seen from the curb, there’s hardly any house at all—just a one-car garage and gate leading to small front courtyard.
The inconspicuousness was part of the attraction, said Jasmin Arneja, 42, who bought the two-bedroom house with her husband Gagan, 40, a software engineer at a networking start-up. “It’s the antithesis to these outrageous bizarre Gordon Gekko-esque houses. It just incorporates so much of our values,” said Ms. Arneja, who runs a philanthropic advisory firm.
Hilarious. “Gordon Gekko” is code for successful capitalism, which she’s attacking. Yup, this pretender-ette, who just paid $1.5 million for an out-of-date shack, 40% above the asking price in the most inflated real estate market in America, is lecturing us about how she’s not like Gordon Gekko? Seriously? With a straight face? Spending $1.5 million on an 1,800 square foot house, 40% above the asking price–no way that’s greedy or materialistic, right?
Um, the difference between this chick and Gordon Gekko is that he acknowledged that greed is good and didn’t pretend he was the opposite as he spent an outrageous $1.5 million for a relatively tiny home. Just what exactly are this woman’s “values” that are incorporated by wasting $1.5 million on a tiny home? Seems to me she has exactly Gekko’s values, but he (the ’80s “Wall Street” movie character played by Michael Douglas) is more honest about them. She’s as much of a capitalist as he is. Yes, judging from the photo above, the view is spectacular, and the reason for the high price. But that’s what Gordon Gekkos do–they pay a lot for nice things, including tiny homes with beautiful vistas. She’s not anti-Gordon Gekko, as she’d like to pretend. She’s a mini Gordon Gekko-ess minus the style and personality. Someone’s been getting high on too much Michael Moore.
Even more funny is that this woman makes her living advising the “Gordon Gekkos” of the area how to give away their money. Without their Gordon Gekko-esque behavior, they wouldn’t have money to give away to charity, and she wouldn’t have a job or the wherewithal to afford a $1.5 million home. Even more likely, those same Gordon Gekkos are the ones who invest in start-ups so her husband can have a job as a software engineer and carry her on her “philanthropy advisor” salary so she can live in this expensive hovel and deride capitalists and businessmen who live in expense houses that are far nicer. Frankly, those who have the Gordon Gekko-esque homes Ms. Arneja derides are simply smarter. They probably spent not much more to get far more house than what she got.
By the way, I looked them up and couldn’t find any political donations by the Arnejas. But how much you wanna bet they voted for Obama and will vote for him again in November?
And so I give you Gagan and Jasmin Arneja, the lefty hypocrites and anti-capitalist frauds of the day.
You may now return to sanity and common sense.
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