No. 5: W. Averell Harriman, commerce secretary, 1947-48 Estimated wealth in current dollars: $841 million Harriman earned his money the old-fashioned way: He inherited most of it from his father, E.H. Harriman, founder of the Union Pacific Railroad. No. 4: William C. Whitney, Navy secretary, 1885-89 Estimated wealth in current dollars: $1.1 billion Whitney came into his money via political
Big business meets big government, though separating the two is nearly impossible, and both thrive at the expense of those at the bottom. Want to change things? Stop calling on the government to fix problems the government creates (corporations are government manifestations). State-capitalism is the same as fascism, which is the cousin of socialism. All of these forms of coercive social order fail eventually. We have to learn to let go before we can heal as a culture.