The Good of the FewRobert Reich says --
"Fifty years ago, America's business leaders understood they needed a strong and growing middle class in order to have enough customers to grow their businesses. They knew that they and the economy would suffer if almost all the economic gains went to the top.
But today, business leaders compare those who worry about inequality to Nazis. Ken Langone, billionaire co-founder of Home Depot, says "if you go back to 1933, with different words, this is what Hitler was saying in Germany. You don’t survive as a society if you encourage and thrive on envy or jealousy.” Venture capital pioneer Tom Perkins says “in the Nazi area it was racial demonization, now it is class demonization.”
Why don't today's business leaders get it? Why aren't they speaking out against the scourge of widening inequality?"
It's because they don't care.
The super wealthy of today have enough money, and they simply don't care about any one who has less. You can see this in the callous cruelty of conservative talk radio, in the increasing popularity of Ayn Rand among the uppermost economic tiers. To them, the poor are less than trash beneath their feet. They simply don't care. They don't care if their businesses go under; they'll still have their mansions, their cars, their swimming pools, and their private security forces.
What they do care about, just a tiny little bit, is the growing unrest among the peasant class. They are vaguely aware that they are badly outnumbered, and that even if the trashy folks they constantly disparage didn't go into open revolt and march them off to a guillotine, those same folks can hurt them badly simply by boycotting their businesses... or going on strike. This is why they've starting comparing any public concern for wealth inequality to Nazism. They are worried about some kind of meaningful populist backlash that might, possibly, impact their lifestyle... but they're not very worried. And they certainly don't want to do anything significant to prevent it. They just want to bitch and whine.
There have been many points in human history where it has been clearer and more apparent that the wealthy are the natural enemies of those who actually produce the wealth that they parasitically live off. But nonetheless, this is becoming clearer and clearer every day.