The Wealth Hoarders: How Billionaires Pay Millions to Hide Trillions
In the Vonnegut story, Eliot tells his father the advice he would give to the young man who has no wealth: “Go where the rich and powerful are . . . and learn their ways.
They can be flattered, and they can be scared. Please them enormously or scare them enormously, and one moonless night they will put their fingers to their lips, warning you not to make a sound. They will lead you through the dark to the widest, deepest river of wealth ever known to man.
You’ll be shown your place on the riverbank, and handed a bucket all your own. Slurp as much as you want, but try to keep the racket of your slurping down. A poor man might hear.”