Bill Gates via WSJ: Why the Rich Care About Inequality. You could say that the article is at odds with the (alleged) creation by Microsoft of a backdoor into Windows for the National Security Administration. When none of us has privacy, including financial privacy, we are equal only as are prisoners who are montitored 24/7 by the unseen guards from behind smoked glass. Hard to call markets free when the political authorities can monitor the private conversations of all market players and then act upon that information in secret, preserved from public scrutiny by a rubic (figthing Terror) so all-emcompassing as to deny the right of citizens even to ask questions. Yet, in reality, the Gates pieces does not contradit his practice: The piece is all about maintaining social order, appeasing and co-opting dissent, that wealth might be preserved, not about freedom or equality. Gates does much good, but the river of life as it wends its way from Eden is turbulent and muddy, with many a garbage bag, tree limb, and here and there, a floating body. We should be glad that our betters, the wise and the good, are handling this for us. I for one would like to see more cooperation between business and the state security apparatus. We're all in this together.