Leisure Class

Meaning : (n) The privileged wealthy elite who spend their time traveling to far away places and engaging in conspicuous leisure. Wealthy tourists who engage in extreme sports, for example skiing, snow-boarding, rock-climbing, mountain-biking, river-rafting, etc.

A theory first conceived of by economist Thorstein Veblen in 1899 in his treatise The Theory of the Leisure Class, Veblen further details how working class people try to emulate the Leisure Class and idolize them to their own detriment.

Example : Moab, Park City, Aspen and Vail have become infested with leisure class parasites who want to reform small towns into the image of whatever wealthy "progressive" communities they fled from.

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