Much has been written attempting to explain the increasing gap between the economic haves and the have-nots, with the discussion often focusing on various federal policies. The April 27 front-page article “At work in the princess-industrial complex” suggests, however, an alternative explanation. Perhaps the ultra-wealthy play such a prominent role in our society because children are taught from the earliest ages to revere and idealize symbols of wealth, power and inequality.

Bruce Levinson, Bethesda