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From chiefs and kings to billionaires today, a small handful of humans over thousands of years have figured out how to amass tremendous power and wealth. We talked to an anthropologist about how the ruling class got started.
As US capitalism boomed, attorneys from a handful of New York law firms became powerful viziers of America’s elite.
The mystery of Agatha Christie’s enduring popularity is rooted in a nostalgia for the certainties of the Victorian class system.
Meet Tony Blair, a “democratic socialist.”
At the height of the Cold War, my father was a station chief for the Central Intelligence Agency. It was a front-row seat for the last gasp of the WASP spy.
McKinsey consultants have packaged capitalism for decades, offering a glimpse into the moral compass of the ruling class.
For more than three centuries, something has been going horribly wrong at the top of our society, and we’re all suffering for it.
After the upheavals of the 1960s, business leaders were losing control. They fought back through the Chamber of Commerce.
The TV series Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous inaugurated an era when the ruling class was there to be envied more than to be abolished.
The architect, planner, and landowner Clough Williams-Ellis dedicated his estate to an experiment in “propaganda for architecture.” How did it become best known as the cutest of all the fictional dystopias?
Today’s ruling class treats all culture as either commodity or plaything. We should not accept either definition.
From Boy George to Bryan Ferry, the New Romantics were working-class youths who created their own imaginary aristocracy through 1980s pop stardom. Did the mask end up eating the face?
Under capitalism, New York Knicks owner James Dolan can make bad music. Under socialism, we can all make bad music.
At the turn of the last century, Alexandra Kollontai identified the problem with elite feminism.
East Coast boarding schools once prepared “ordinary” boys from the elite for national leadership — helping them forge friendships, networks, and marriages to rule the country.
With the passage of a $2 trillion stimulus bill, deficit-phobia appears to be waning in Washington. But it’s not because lawmakers have been won over to redistributive policies — it’s because they think the working class is too weak to set off inflation.
Capitalists don’t need to directly govern the state, or even be particularly organized, in order to get what they want.
G. William Domhoff’s work is a vital reminder that the task of changing society begins with understanding who holds power in it, and how.
No one wants a world where Billionaire magazine exists but Jacobin doesn’t.