Sub-Questions of the Billionaire Question
We have a few sub-questions of the billionaire question. We have established that billionaires are some of the most important figures in deciding what the economy does. Further that if that ought to be changed, it is a higher power, the elite or state itself, that would be judging and making that change. We have remaining a number of questions and areas of inquiry that start to get into that domain of judgement, and models of related phenomena:
Dissecting the common arguments for and against billionaires. They did or didn’t earn it. No one needs that much money for himself. How zero sum wealth is. The principle of private property. Unjust acquisition of money. Inheritance.
The principle of powerful individuals with independent judgment. The functional reason this makes sense. The problems inherent in this model. How else you might do it and how that would work and not work. How to resolve the problems inherent in the powerful individual model.
Focusing and digging into specifically the political problem with powerful sub-agencies in society, and how conceptually they are related to the state. What kind of things get done to control or fail to control this problem. Examples. What happens when you succeed or fail at it.
The question of wealth inequality in general. That the exact level of wealth inequality is not a natural and unavoidable outcome, but a choice set by policy. What specific things affect it. That it is to be judged as always from the perspective of the decision maker (the state). Within that perspective, why poor people might need more or less money, and why rich people might need more or less money.
Looking at a survey of particular billionaires to see what we can learn. In particular, do they seem like they need more or less money? Is their existence just or unjust, judged on the individual merits?
Money and the market economy in general, from the perspective of the state. Looking at this mot as a moral issue, but as information flow machinery, what is the meaning of money. Further, de-financializing the way we talk about the economy to speak more directly about the institutions by which we create and direct industrial capacity.
Synthesizing from the perspective of those who work in the empires of billionaires, how they should relate to their patrons. In particular, how to be properly loyal and serve well.
Synthesizing from the billionaires perspective, what is their role in society. What kind of things should they be doing with their money. Also, how they relate to the state, their subordinates, and the public.
Synthesizing from the perspective of society (ie the state), how the rest of society should support and discipline the billionaire class to achieve the best outcomes. How to think about that relationship in technical terms.
And many more. This is a big issue. Let’s think on these things to understand the billionaire question overall.