Such ideologies, whether ancient or modern, pretty much all run the same. Those in dominant positions are there due to merit (or God's will) and are where they should be. Furthermore, any effort to reel in any of their excesses would only hurt people in the lower social orders. The same argument can be applied to feudal lords, coal barons, Wall Street speculators, CEOs, you name it.
This was another area where 20th century theologian Reinhold Niebuhr nailed it:
Since inequalities of privilege are greater than could possibly be defended rationally, the intelligence of privileged groups is usually applied to the task of inventing specious proofs for the theory that universal values spring from, and that general interests are served by, the special privileges which they hold.
He also had some interesting things to say about the philanthropy of the powerful, which he believed
combines genuine pity with the display of power and that the latter element explains why the powerful are more inclined to be generous than to grant social justice.
MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE SENATE, here's Ken Ward on the hearing about the Massey mine disaster and here are WV Senator Robert C. Byrd's opening remarks.
A LOST DECADE? Krugman waxes a bit pessimistic here.
I WAS NOT AWARE OF THAT. The musk turtle's tongue has weird properties that enable it to stay underwater for months. Try to work that into a conversation today.
GOAT ROPE ADVISORY LEVEL: ELEVATED