I thought of this while I was watching the movie Snowpiercer.
I recommend it. Not a lot of people have talked about the various economic theories, represented in the movie. Some of the ideas of Ayn Rand are very clear in the movie.
The power of the state to control the people is one issue. The other issue is the power to control the minds of the people. You can use guns for one, and words and ideas for another.
Several "zillionaires" have been spending a lot of money for years pushing certain ideas. They have been successful. The level of success exists on a couple of different levels.
1) Convincing a group of people that certain ideas like trickle down from tax cuts, still works. It have been prove wrong time after time however it keeps getting used (more recently in Kansas).
2) That "the market" is divine. That it is a force of nature and we the people serve it, instead of it serving the people. It is not a deity. It is a series of laws and agreements made by humans and can be changed by humans.
3) Any kind of regulation or moderation is a hindrance and that "the market" will fix any problems --eventually. And that the role of government is to "get out of the way." This idea can be deadly. I WANT regulation for my water, food and air. I also want it for work place safety.
When people say that they think some regulation is good but 'There is "too much regulation" if you ask them what they are talking about they will point to areas where what they think is "too much regulation" only applies to some. The companies who have money buy their way out of regulation, but keep bitching about it so that at the level of the "average businessman" they think it is too much.
And in some cases what might be onerous for the small business man is not onerous for bigger companies because they bought exemptions. (I'm thinking right now of USDA regulations on chicken)
The economic theories embraced by some of the rich are doing us economic, environmental and physical harm, but it is not the same as the pitchfolk violence that is feared by the rich.
Yes some rich are afraid for their physical safety, but what they are also afraid of is that some how their assets will be found out an seized. That is why they take steps to keep it hidden as well as change the laws so the gains are no longer ill-gotten.
Many also want to be understood respected and even celebrated. They want people to know that they aren't bad people. But because they have lived in a bubble for a long time those feelings come off as both tone deaf and cruel. I'm thinking of the comments from Perkins a few months ago.
What he really was feeling attacked about was a comment from the SF Chronicle about his Ex-Wives hedges and the suggestion that they be trimmed. I'm not kidding. He turned this into a whole "We are being persecuted" story.
I don't think he really understands anymore what real persecution is like.
I really recommend Snow Piercer it is violent and gruesome, but some of the lines and scenes at the end are really powerful.