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At the age of 10 I was sent as a scholarship student to a
boarding school for the uber-rich in Massachusetts. I lived among the
wealthiest Americans for the next eight years. I listened to their
prejudices and saw their cloying sense of entitlement. They insisted
they were privileged and wealthy because they were smarter and more
talented. They had a sneering disdain for those ranked below them in
material and social status, even the merely rich. Most of the uber-rich
lacked the capacity for empathy and compassion. They formed elite
cliques that hazed, bullied and taunted any nonconformist who defied or
did not fit into their self-adulatory universe.
It was impossible to build a friendship with most of the sons of the
uber-rich. Friendship for them was defined by “what’s in it for me?”
They were surrounded from the moment they came out of the womb by people
catering to their desires and needs. They were incapable of reaching
out to others in distress—whatever petty whim or problem they had at the
moment dominated their universe and took precedence over the suffering
of others, even those within their own families. They knew only how to
take. They could not give. They were deformed and deeply unhappy people
in the grip of an unquenchable narcissism.
It is essential to understand the pathologies of the uber-rich. They
have seized total political power. These pathologies inform Donald
Trump, his children, the Brett Kavanaughs, and the billionaires who run
his administration. The uber-rich cannot see the world from anyone’s
perspective but their own. People around them, including the women whom
entitled men prey upon, are objects designed to gratify momentary lusts
or be manipulated. The uber-rich are almost always amoral. Right. Wrong.
Truth. Lies. Justice. Injustice. These concepts are beyond them.
Whatever benefits or pleases them is good. What does not must be
The pathology of the uber-rich is what permits Trump and his callow
son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to conspire with de facto Saudi ruler
Mohammed bin Salman, another product of unrestrained entitlement and
nepotism, to cover up the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, whom
I worked with in the Middle East. The uber-rich spend their lives
protected by their inherited wealth, the power it wields and an army of
enablers, including other members of the fraternity of the uber-rich,
along with their lawyers and publicists. There are almost never any
consequences for their failures, abuses, mistreatment of others and
crimes. This is why the Saudi crown prince and Kushner have bonded. They
are the homunculi the uber-rich routinely spawn.