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How Another Patriots' Super Bowl Victory Explains Anti-Billionaire Politics: New at Reason

Even with all the steps the NFL takes to level the playing field between teams, the Patriots keep rising to the top. It generates some envy, and resentment.

Xinhua News Agency/NewscomXinhua News Agency/NewscomAmerican politics at the moment can pretty much be explained by what you make of the record sixth Super Bowl victory by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick, and owner Robert Kraft.

One view of it is to marvel at, and celebrate, the hard work, risk-taking, and skill that produced the achievement. That's the more conservative view of it.

Another is to complain about it and wish the winning were more evenly distributed. That's the more left-leaning view of it.

It's a bit like less successful companies complaining about the market power of Facebook, Google, and Amazon, or like socialist politicians such as Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez complaining about the existence of billionaires. Rather than be impressed by the genius or excellence that led to the business success or the accumulation of wealth, there's an impulse to attack the outcome as evidence of some sort of flaw in the system, writes Ira Stoll.

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