They Inherited Wealth and Now They Want to Give It All Away

The nation’s wealthiest people never expected the real revolution would come from inside their own families. Sam Jacobs is 24. He is tall and skinny, with brown hair, glasses, and a nose ring. Something inside him told him to give away his money, along with the power that money bestows, so he is sitting at the long, gray dining table in a loft on one of the loveliest streets in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Manhattan, opening a Google doc. The Google doc is because he is the secretary of the group, and everyone else in the loft can follow along as he types notes. Hyatt, 32, who has curly hair tucked under a baseball cap, helps himself to a glass of water in the kitchen. Something inside him, too, told him to give away his money, along with the power that money bestows, and he will be following along with Sam’s notes during the meeting. Jessie, whose gorgeous loft this is, takes her seat at the table and asks the group of five people, “Does everyone consent to the agenda?” She wears a Guns N’ Roses T-shirt and gold hoop earrings. The ceiling is 18 feet high, and three enormous windows provide a pretty view of the street. The walls are painted white, the wood floor...

Since when was it OK for a primary school play to take a swipe at Trump?

DURING July, I attended the ‘Leavers’ Play’ performed by all the Year 6 children at my child’s primary school for their parents. It was performed separately to the rest of school. The play was a lovely musical called Aladdin Trouble, and the children performed beautifully. However, there were moments during the course of the play when it became clear that the school were using the play to make political points. There was a jibe at Brexit, and a dig at Michael Gove MP. Neither of these particularly bothered me. But there were two moments/aspects which worried me enormously, and which I thought worthy of some attention via The Conservative Woman. The first was the casual way in which three girls were cast as ‘wives’ of the ‘Caliph’ character, who lorded it over them. I was shocked. What kind of message does this send to our daughters? That it is somehow ‘natural’ for them to be little more than the playthings of some powerful man? That they have no value beyond subservience to a patriarchy? Was this some attempt subtly (or not so subtly) to ‘normalise’ polygamy in our society? I felt it was all very demeaning to our daughter, who was cast as one of the unfortunate ‘wives’. She di...