U.S.A. — “The multi-billionaire owner of luxury jewelry company Cartier has revealed his greatest fear – robots replacing workers and the poor rising up to bring down the rich,” the U.K.’s Independent reports. “Speaking at the Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit in Monaco (obviously), the fashion tycoon told his fellow elite that he can’t sleep at the thought of the social upheaval he thinks is imminent.”
Johann Rupert’s first concern is that “the middle classes won’t want to buy luxury goods for fear of exposing their wealth.” Then he realizes “We are destroying the middle classes at this stage and it will affect us. It’s unfair. So that’s what keeps me awake at night.”
What’s unfair? That the middle class is being destroyed or that it will affect insulated “One-Percenters”?
It’s how it will affect them that should keep him up at night, along with recognizing whose platform calls “the lower middle-class masses … the most dangerous enemies of the dictatorship of the proletariat.” (Gun-owning union member who vote Democrat, take note, and of the term “useful idiot.”)
Rupert’s not the only one losing sleep.
“’The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats,’ Seattle-based ‘One-Percenter’ Nick Hanauer writes in an open letter on Politico to his ‘fellow zillionaires,’” I wrote several years back for JPFO. “He’s evidently feeling more than a little guilty about his wealth, and thinks he can make everything better and keep the mob he fears his fellow Americans have become from devouring him by raising the minimum wage.”
Therefore, he can’t have that mob armed, which was no doubt one of his considerations when joining with Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg to impose registration-enabling prior restraints (masked as “background checks”) on gun purchases in Washington State.
Speaking of Bloomberg, the pitchfork-wielding mob has already come for him – albeit last time around they were plastic, “for effect.” What that effect will be on the day they’re replaced with real ones remains to be seen, but if it ever comes, he’d better pray those protecting him have plenty of “weapons of war” capable of killing many people as quickly as possible. Because that’s what it will take, and that assumes the mob by that time hasn’t figured out a workaround to all those “commonsense gun safety laws” that urban turf fighters in places like Chicago and Baltimore have long known how to skirt with ease.
At that point, it would be beyond naïve to expect Democrat politicians to allow their LE attack dogs to open fire on their constituents—at least the new crop of radicals that are members of the Democratic Socialists of America and the Congressional Black Caucus. Does anyone really think it would be a dilemma for Hakeem Jeffries or Rashida Tlaib to look to their own power bases as opposed to helping Nancy Pelosi and old establishment Democrats preserve their influence and their millions?
And that means all the elites who bet on disarming their “middle class” countrymen and canceling any competitors who didn’t go all out genuflecting to the DEI/Woke complex will need to rely on private security to keep their cowering hides out of the tumbrels and off the scaffolds.
“What makes these billionaires think their security details won’t have families of their own that will be their first concerns, especially the worse things turn out to be?” l asked in another JPFO article about billionaires trying to ride out the Apocalypse they helped bring about on remote ranches, in luxury bunkers, in “sea castles”? “Men may die for a lot of things, for loved ones, for convictions, for country… but for their boss?”
And what’s to stop hired gun mercenaries from deciding the boss has paid for a pretty nice setup, electricity, plenty of food, top-shelf booze, and he’s powerless to prevent them from taking it, and maybe his trophy squeeze, for themselves?
Ironically, the main impediment to any of this happening is what the Founders knew to be “necessary to the security of a free State,” an armed citizenry capable of organizing and repelling “enemies foreign and domestic,” the very people these myopic billionaires in their arrogance and hubris are helping to finance AstroTurf citizen disarmament edicts against. And not coincidentally, these are the “middle classes,” or “bourgeoisie,” working “traditional” Americans, that the totalitarian-minded are stirring up envy, entitlement demands, resentment, and murderous rage against.
Nor, I think, will many be inclined to help out anyone who makes that an issue for us.
If only they’d stop pushing. But they won’t. So it looks like the best way to keep the peace is by maintaining our arms to “keep the invader and plunderer in awe.”
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.