I happened to stumble across two interesting data points today. One supports my beliefs, the other doesn't.
The one that does is a study reported in the Washington Post that shows that wealth inequality is more likely a result of rent seeking than innovation.
The one that doesn't is the apparent inability of billionaires to stem the populist tide in the Republican party and buy themselves a president.
I'm actually quite happy to be proven wrong about the power of money in politics. Maybe there's hope for democracy after all, though it is staggeringly ironic that this hope should come in the form of Donald Trump and Marco Rubio.
(Well, actually, I don't think I'm completely wrong. It's pretty clear that money can buy a lot of influence, particularly behind the scenes. But it is encouraging that the Koch brothers still can't buy the presidency.)