On Elites and Billionaires
11 January 2017 | Pago Pago, American Samoa
There are really only two kinds of elites-- elite because of one's education or elite because of one's wealth (or both). One or the other always prevails. Elites because of their educations act and hope to promote themselves and also very much and often the public welfare and interest. Elites by wealth very typically seek egocentric influence and control to enhance their own wealth further and that of those who are also wealthy. Money is their orientation, and how to get more of it, their goal. Rarely does the public interest truly concern them.
Trump is a billionaire. He is stuffing his administration with other billionaires and the super wealthy. Whose interests will they promote? The public's? Main Street's? the middle classes? More likely, I suggest, is that they will ultimately promote the interests of the very wealthy.
Billionaires cannot influence and control the nation, they believe, unless billionaires control and run the government. That is where we are. We should watch out. We are at a dangerous turning point. Foxes are now guarding the henhouse, it seems, claiming their interest is the public interest.
Will Trump and his cadre act to promote the public interest, in a novel turn of events, or will they act to take care of themselves and their wealth instead? The Clinton Foundation could wind up looking like chump change here by comparison.