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Whenever I find myself unabashedly pursuing all the wealth, luxuries, comfort and power, that anyone could ever dream of, if doubts about the “rightness” of this pursuit creep in, I give myself a pep talk. It goes like this: “As a creature in the economic jungle, you must pursue your own gain, otherwise predators will crush you. The strong survive, the weak don’t --it’s a natural law-- just as seeking to maximize your own happiness and pleasure comes naturally -- not sacrificing for others. Pursuing your own needs insures you are master--no one is pulling your strings. Rather than saying “I have enough” and retreating from still more wealth and power, living in even more luxury, see your material success as evidence of your superiority. The meek won’t inherit the Earth. Those who have the gold make the rules!”

Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries:

values financial literacy and uses skills to increase wealth

values having more control over life, more power

pursues acquisition of wealth illegally / by theft

has self-centered excessive desire for wealth / greed

summary Wikipedia article: Wealth

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 3323

Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 54

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More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #43: Seeking Wealth and Power

Power Elite (from online encyclopedia)
Conspicuous Consumption (from online encyclopedia)
Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill  (from online encyclopedia)
The Distribution of Wealth (from online encyclopedia)
Capital Accumulation (from online encyclopedia)
Forbes Special Report: The World's Billionaires
"The World's Most Powerful People" (Forbes magazine article November 3 2011)
The 400 Richest Americans
Worldview Watch issue #21: 2011 Protests: Yes to Democracy, No to Greed
Worldview Watch #53, posted 6/26/2017 America: Toward a More Perfect Union or Winner Takes All? 
Robert Ringer's website   (the author of Million Dollar Habits and other books offer his advice)
Secrets of the Rich (from Secrets of Success website)
The Science of Success...It's All in Your Mind
The Science of Getting Rich Network
Fortune Magazine Online
The Billionaire Bonanza: 5 Things You Need To Know About The Inequality Gap by Tess Riley  (Jan 21 2018  re: inequality & Oxfam Report from The Huffington Post)
Joel Osteen Prosperity Gospel  by Kate Bowler (from The Washington Post  August 30 2017)
The Despot’s Guide to Wealth Management: On the International Campaign against Grand Corruption by J.C. Sharman (book review from The Economist Feb 25 2017) 
Peacocks of the Sea--The Superyacht Owner (report from The Economist October 8 2016)
"Executive Pay: neither rigged nor fair" (report from The Economist June 25 2016)
"Does Power Really Corrupt?" by Matthew Sweet   (lengthy article in 1843 magazine from The Economist  June-July 2016)
The Self Made Billionaire Effect by J. Sliovla and M. Cohen (book review by Max Wallis posted on The Independent July 5 2015)
"The Giving Pledge: A New Club for Billionaires" (60 Minutes report CBS News July 20, 2014)
"Oxfam: Richest 1% Own Nearly Half of World's Wealth"  (Jan 2014 USA Today report on Oxfam study)
"When Greed Was Good (and Fun)" by A.O. Scott   (Dec 24 2013 review of movie in The New York Times
Plutocrats--The Rise of the New Global Super Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else  by Chrystia Freeland  (more on this 2013 book)
"Plutocrats vs. Populists" by Chrystia Freeland (November 1 2013 opinion piece in The NY Times)
"Jordan Belfort, The Real Wolf of Wall Street" by Sheelah Kolhatkar (article from Business Week Nov 7 2013)
"Miami--Where Luxury Real Estate Meets Dirty Money" by Ken Silverstein (article in The Nation October 21 2013)
"Billionaire Population Hits 1,453--or Maybe 4,000"  by Robert Frank (Feb 28 2013 report from CNBC)
"Mexico's Wealth Gap in Spotlight as Slim and Miners Get Richer" by Gabriel Stargardter (Mar 4 2013 report from Reuters)
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid (novel, read book review from The NY Times Feb 21 2013)
"China's Ruling Families: Riches Exposed" (article from The Economist Nov 3 2012)
"Bargain Bosses: American Chief Executives Are Not Overpaid" (September 8 2012 The Economist)
"Richest 400 Americans Get Richer" by Charles Isidore (Sept 19 2012 report on CNN Money website)
"Meet the Average Millionaire in China" by Julie Zeveloff (August 2012 story based on The Hurun Report data)
"The One Percent's Problem" by Joseph Stiglitz (May 2012 Vanity Fair article by author of The Price of Inequality)
"Of the 1%, By the 1%, For the 1%" by Joseph Stiglitz ("explosive article" by Nobel Prize winning economist)
Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World by William Cohan (NY Times 2011 book review) 
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind  (book by T. Harv Eker)
Getting Rich Is Simpler Than You Think, by Harry Domash (article on MSN Money website)
A Gospel of Wealth, by Andrew Carnegie (an online version of classic 1889 article)
Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill  (read excerpts of 1937 classic book at Goggle Books)
Social Darwinism (from online encyclopedia, refers to survival of the fittest in the economic jungle)
Evolution and Ethics, by Peter Corning (from Institute for the Study of Complex Systems) 
How Wealth Defines Power, by Kevin Phillips (article by author of book Wealth and Democracy)
Social Problems: Wealth and Power -- the Bias of the System (chapter two of online book)
A General Theory of Acquisitivity by Wayne Jett (read excerpts of this 2000 book on Google Books)
"The Deserving Rich?" (essay by E. Partridge, UC Riverside) 
"Have Ethics Disappeared from Wall Street?" by Robert Bachelder (essay written in 1987)
"Are Rich People Unethical?" (Feb 2012 news report on Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences study)
Power, Inc.--The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government by David Rothkopf  (Feb 2012 book)
Six Waltons Have More Wealth Than Bottom 30% of Americans by Tim Forstall (article in Forbes Dec 15 2011)
"Presenting America's Ten Greediest of 2011 by Sam Pizzigati  (December 12 2011 post on Common Dreams)
"What's Inside America's Banks?" by Frank Partnoy and Jesse Eisinger (article in The Atlantic Jan 2013) 
"Secret Fears of the Super Rich" by Graeme Wood (article in The Atlantic April 2011)
"The Rise of the New Global Elite" by Chrystia Freeland (article in Jan/Feb 2011 issue of The Atlantic)
"The Great Stock Myth" by Megan McArdle (article in Sep 2010 issue of The Atlantic)
The Psychology of Power: Absolutely (article in The Economist, January 23 2010 issue)
Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed, and a Sustainable Future by Saleem H. Ali (review at Forbes of  2009 book)
The World Distribution of Household Wealth (a 2006 report from The United Nations University)
"Lifestyles of the Rich" by Alex Beam (NY Times June 10, 2007 book review of Richistan, by Robert Frank)
"Greed Trophy up for Grabs" by Jim Hightower  (syndicated article, Feb 2010) 
The Greed Merchants, by Phillip Augar (review of book by former investment banker)
Global Advanced Trait Description: Wealth
Anatomy of Greed, by Brian Cruver  (review of book about the Enron collapse / scandal)
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