Because, when scanning British media, I cannot avoid scenes of obscenely rich members of the “royal” family meeting or pretending to comfort/sympathize with the less well-off of that society, especially the military, who do dumb and dangerous jobs for low pay and then are tossed aside, I cringe at the hypocrisy.
Occasionally, I think about how I would act and the the film Little Lord Fauntleroy comes to mind. I would not give away all my wealth, but I would share it with the less fortunate and would fight to improve the lot of the poor. That is not socialism or communism, that is compassion and charity...all the things hypocritical christians preach, but few practice, especially if one is posh and enjoys unearned wealth and privileges and thinks they are better because they were lucky to be born into a certain family.
If you want to become angry (unless, of course, you happen to be a wealthy American) and, perhaps, concerned about the future of a once-great, once-respected country, simply read the Vanity Fair article written by Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz (http://www.vanityfair.com/society/features/2011/05/top-one-percent-201105).
This is a disturbing article, which illustrates many things I have observed and even written about. I have noticed how the country has been evolving in the wrong direction and am concerned that there is no solution. Someday--not in this generation--people will rise up against the inequity. The wide spread of firearms will make it rather messy and unpleasant, not that mass uprising ever are. Even the police may change sides, having noticed that wealthy politicians keep lowering their pay and benefits. At some point, the military could also notice the inequity and might no longer be placated by calls for patriotism and flag waving by those who make no sacrifice or even know the meaning of the word.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.