With The 12-Point Platform, this won't happen: Conrad Hughes Hilton III strutting around like The Compleat Asshole he has grown up to be
In the 12-Point Platform we advocate:
3. Tax the Rich
and we have also urged that one good reason for a steeply progressive effective tax rate is "for the psychological and spiritual well-being of the children of the rich themselves." Conrad Hughes Hilton III is one person who would clearly have benefited from the 12-Point Platform. He's an asshole, to be sure, but he's clearly troubled, and his family's inherited wealth is clearly part of the problem.
I'll spare you most of the detail on Paris Hilton's truly world-class in-flight meltdown, but here are some of the highlights. From NBC:
Conrad Hughes Hilton III, 20 had to be restrained by five flight attendants on board British Airways Flight 269 last July during a series of profanity-laced tirades in which he accused the flight crew of "taking the peasants' side," according to an FBI affidavit included in a criminal complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. ....
The great-grandson of the hotel chain's founder told the co-pilot [!!] of the London-to-L.A. flight: "If you wanna square up to me, bro, then bring it on and I will [EXPLETIVE] fight you," according to the affidavit. ...
Eventually, the crew manager said, the pilot authorized a team of five flight attendants to restrain Hilton with blankets and aviation restraints, whereupon he again began screaming obscenities and saying his career as a model would be "ruined," according to the affidavit. ...
And just to underline that "peasants" part, NBC quotes on again and gives more context:
At one point, Hilton charged that flight crew members were "taking the peasants' side" and warned that he would "[EXPLETIVE] own anyone on this flight; they are [EXPLETIVE] peasants," according to the FBI, which said Hilton boasted: "My father [multimillionaire L.A. real estate mogul Rick Hilton] will pay this out, he has done it before. Dad paid $300,000 last time."
Whatever happened "last time" wasn't explained.
Needless to say, with progressive taxation that was steep enough, Rick Hilton would at least have to think twice before forking over $300,000 to keep Junior out of jail the first time, let alone the second.
I think it's also reasonable to assume that little Conrad's attitude toward peasants, and his idea that humans can be "owned," come straight from Dad, and Dad's squillionaire social set. Again, if progressive taxation were steep enough, the rich couldn't fund Richistan -- in fact, that's a good operational test for how steep the taxation should be -- and might have to mingle with the peasants more often. That might have the effect -- salutary for both Dad and Asshole Son -- of teaching them, through contact and by example, that "peasants" are human, and that humans are not "owned."