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  •  Thanks for the find. Related: Back in 2006, (1+ / 0-)
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    Details Magazine (Men's style, etc. ) had a prescient article

    "The New American Class System"

    on what would come to be known as the "1%", called "Luxocrats" back then.  Excerpts:

    Giga-billionaires are climbing the ladder and pulling it up behind them. Your six-figure salary won't even get you on the bottom rung.

    ..the luxocrat moves within a sphere that remains pretty much invisible to the rabble. Even if you’re tony enough to fly business class, stay at the Four Seasons, and gorge yourself at what’s supposedly the best steakhouse in town—Oh boy, creamed spinach!—you will never rub elbows with the luxocrat on a trip.

    This is because the luxocrat navigates his itinerary by private jet, floats above the airport traffic in a helicopter, whisks up to the presidential suite in a private elevator, unwinds for a weekend on a private island in the Indian Ocean, and dines at home on a menu tailored by Daniel Boulud or in a private club with fellow members of the elite. (Luxocrats hang with other luxocrats. They cluster.) The actions of his day are as swift, self-enclosed, and gravity-free as the rush of a capsule through a pneumatic tube. Chores are eliminated. Obstacles removed. Mobs avoided. Environments engineered for maximum efficiency and—as you’ve probably figured out by now—privacy.

    "..The political class cannot solve the problems it created. " - Jay Rosen

    by New Rule on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 02:18:30 PM PDT

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