Like the chiefs of Canada’s Kwakwaka’wakw Indians, Romney’s claim to leadership rests on the fact that he was able to amass a personal fortune larger than almost everybody else’s. Yet, unlike the Indians, Romney doesn’t want to make details of his wealth public. And he has an army of advisors to help him avoid paying more taxes than he has to. Which raises a philosophical question: Do the wealthiest people deserve our respect, no matter how much they contribute to the common good?
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