There are three main flavors to this unsettling injustice.
1. Taxes. There are many reports that the richest don’t pay any income taxes. Not just underpay but practically pay zilch. The State will not close any ‘accidental’ loopholes they use because otherwise, these multi-billionaires, supposedly, would move to another country. And it rather keeps them around for all the money they throw around—although for every dollar they spend, they steal many more.
2. War. In war, the richest on both sides of the battle become nauseatingly rich from weapon sales. Worse, they stealthily trade with each other while common soldiers die on the battlefield, believing the nationalistic lies that ‘the other is the enemy.’ And, they won’t fight and sacrifice at the beaches. The richest don’t go to war (‘bone spurs’).
The reaction now to the Russian assault on Ukraine is unheard of, that the Allies are coming after the Russian oligarchs. The extremely rich always stayed out of sight in every society, as the lobbyists behind the scene.
3. Abuse. Sexual molestation will put you in jail unless you’re rich. Not just because you can hire the sneakiest lawyers. When push comes to shove, you can buy off the victims with puissant settlements that will cost you nothing that you would ever notice.
Exceptions seem to be murder and war crimes. You can’t buy yourself free from those, as some were astonished to learn. Shunned from international politics for assassinating ‘one lousy journalist.’ This doesn’t add up in the wealthy’s minds that gained all their power by disregarding human life.
We need international law that demands that the richest are not above it.