It’s not that they are rich that bothers the rest of us. Even unearned inherited wealth isn’t the problem. It isn’t the legacy elite schools passing for merit, or the clubby social events. It’s not class warfare.
It’s when elites cheat.
It’s the double standard.
If I cheat, ‘creatively’ state my financials, fail to pay my bills or taxes, hire my incompetent brother in law, rig the time clock or the market – it’s firing and/or jail time for me. If one of the oligarchs does it, he or she should get fired and maybe go to jail too. And not a clubby jail. A real one.
It doesn’t matter how many zeros are involved; it’s the principle of the thing. It’s not who you know that is supposed to matter in a capitalist market. It’s what you know, and what you can do.
Is this naïve? Sure. The idea of a competitive market based on merit is perhaps the most idealistic notion ever developed.
A competitive market is, in fact, a revolutionary idea.
We should all play by the same rules. Winners can enjoy their well- earned success, and the rest of us can aspire to greater efforts, or talents, or education in the hope that eventually we too can succeed.
It’s not rich people (or corporations) that bother us. We like winners.
It’s the cheating, stupid.