Does "50 Shades of Grey" offer any insight into billionaires like the Koch Brothers?
The "mommy porn" book trilogy and the new movie upon which it is based tells the story of Christian Grey, a young, hunky member of the world's top 1% who draws a callow college girl into his orbit and gets her to agree to be the submissive partner in a sadomasochistic bondage relationship. The books have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. With a fan base like that, the movie, which premieres today, is likely to be a monster hit.
Like winsome coeds hungering for a hot hookup, four GOP presidential candidates accepted invitations to the Kochs' annual January retreat for big donors in Rancho Mirage. The willing foursome included Wisconsin Gov.
“It’s no wonder the candidates show up when the Koch brothers call,”
Living beyond the boundaries that confine normal mortals is what being a billionaire is all about. Christian Grey has a secret room where he hides his array of intimidating sex toys and bondage tools. The Koch brothers have their secret donations that are nearly impossible to track, thanks to flaccid campaign finance laws made even more limp by rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court. Grey has his sleek top-end sports cars, his handy helicopter and his vast penthouse at the top of a Seattle high-rise. The Kochs have their family foundations, super PACs and think tanks in which they invest hundreds of millions of dollars with the aim of killing universal healthcare and environmental regulations and keeping the federal government from constricting their capitalist cravings.
Billionaires want what they want and believe they deserve to get it because they are rich. Grey wants a young woman to tie up and slap around in his secret room. The Kochs want to buy compliant politicians with their secret donations. Social critics slam "50 Shades of Grey" for encouraging abuse of women. Political observers criticize the Kochs for abusing the political system.