No one person encapsulates the enduring legacy of the “robber barons” of the Industrial Age quite like David Rockefeller. Rockefeller, who died today at the age of 101, was the last surviving grandson of John D. Rockefeller, the oil tycoon who became America’s first billionaire and the patriarch of what would become one of the most powerful and wealthiest families in American history. David Rockefeller, an undeniable product of American nobility, lived his entire life in the echelons of U.S. society, becoming symbolic of the elite who often direct public policy to a much greater extent than many realize, albeit often from the shadows.The true legacy of this grandson of America's first billionaire, John D. Rockefeller, is that he was probably the key person of America's deep state, the mysterious people who run the puppet show called the US Government from behind the curtain of illusion. Of course, he always wanted to stay behind the dramatic scenes that he helped shape in order to preserve the illusion that the puppet show was the real show.
Rockefeller made it clear that he preferred to operate out of public view despite his great influence in American – and international – politics.
Much of the power and wealth of today's ruling class is derived from what people in the 19th century accurately referred to as "robber barons" whose descendants now form a major part of what is popularly known as the One Percent ruling class and also the deep state. David Rockefeller is a prime example. He is a descendant of people who include the con artist and rapist William Rockefeller Sr. whose son John D. Rockefeller began the fantastic accumulation of wealth on the sweat-labor of workers in the mines and oil refineries that he "owned". But John D. wasn't the only one.
It was during the latter half of the 19th century that we also saw the rise of the Carnegies, the Vanderbilts, Astors, etc.; and also the brutal attacks on working people such as the Ludlow Massacre, the Lattimer Massacre, the Columbine Mine massacre, and the Homestead Strike (you probably didn't learn much about these incidents in your education). The 19th century industrial and financial titans' rise to power created the ruling class as we know it today (see also this). The latter are the beneficiaries of these 19th century capitalists who created the foundation for the construction of the wealthy and extremely powerful 1% of the One Percent who now rule the US and much of the world from the deep state that lies behind the curtain of "democratic" illusion brought to you daily by their media corporations.