George Monbiot is good on the politics of envy this morning, arguing that they are strongest amongst the rich.
Read the whole article, it's good. I like this, especially, on the pursuit of wealth without limit and what drives it:
The same applies to collective growth. Governments today have no vision but endless economic growth. They are judged not by the number of people in employment – let alone by the number of people in satisfying, pleasurable jobs – and not by the happiness of the population or the protection of the natural world. Job-free, world-eating growth is fine, as long as it's growth. There are no ends any more, just means.
Quite so. And that's what the politics of envy is about: denying more and more people their fare share of the world's means.