We have been looking into Robert Mercer and his outsized influence in the national populist movements, both here in the United States and in Europe, for a while now. Today the Huffington Post published an excellent in-depth article by Vicky Ward, and the New Yorker published its own in-depth piece by Jane Mayer. The dangers of the Mercer clan and, more generally, unbridled big money in politics appears to be generating alarmed interest.
Some of the striking things about these pieces is the attitude of the Super-Rich. Hubris is the seed that all great tragedies are built on. There is no shortage of clueless hubris among these people. Also Robert Mercer’s daughter Rebekah seems to be as dingy as she is ate up with hubris, oh, and she appears to have veto power over White House personal picks.
Magerman, Robert’s former colleague at Renaissance, recalls him saying, in front of coworkers, words to the effect that “your value as a human being is equivalent to what you are paid. … He said that, by definition, teachers are not worth much because they aren’t paid much.”
Some close to Mercer have shot up warning flares.
Undaunted, he published an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer, accusing Mercer of “effectively buying shares in the candidate.” He warned, “Robert Mercer now owns a sizeable share of the United States Presidency.”
Also Bannon should be viewed as a Rasputin level master manipulator who has been taking Mercer money and influencing their thinking for a long time. Bannon and Mercer, I believe, are seeking to destroy, to deconstruct. That is their mission. And they are working on a very sophisticated level.
Around 2012, Robert Mercer reportedly invested $5 million in a British data science company named SCL Group. Most political campaigns run highly sophisticated micro-targeting efforts to locate voters. SCL promised much more, claiming to be able to manipulate voter behavior through something called psychographic modeling. This was precisely the kind of work Robert valued. “There’s no data like more data,” he likes to say.
The main problem is not Trump and the GOP, it’s Mercer and Koch– the system we now have in place that allows Trump and the radical GOP to take over our government.
Unstopped they will begin to teach our children to love them. It is war.