Its been reported in the LA Times that a recent study by Oxfam International revealed that the richest 85 people in the world own 46% of Earth's wealth. 85 individuals own as much as 3.5 billion.
This statistic seems unbelievable, but appears to express what we already knew about the new international elite.
rise of globalization has divorced the needs of the rich from the needs
of the common people. The rich no longer live side by side with the
average person, they no longer send their kids to the same schools, and
they no longer even need local commoners to work in their factories (they can
off-shore jobs to China). 
In the middle ages,
the lords and ladies were members of the community like everyone else.
Although their status put them in authority positions over the peasants,
they still came into contact with the poorest of the poor every
day of their lives. The aristocracy of the middle ages were as dependent
on the poor as the poor were dependent on them.
however, the new aristocracy is its own society. In all practical ways,
the global elite doesn't even live in the same world as the average
American. They have secluded themselves into elite zip codes and
schools. They have no true citizenship. Some make a fortune
in the US while having their transportation (helicopters, yachts, etc.) and
residences registered in tax havens. 
If the super
rich don't participate in the average middle class American's life then
why do Americans continue to believe these "job creators" have their best interests
Consider the way in which American manufacturing jobs
are on their way to extinction. This has led to falling wages
and higher real unemployment rates as middle income jobs are being
replaced with service jobs.
Why is this happening? Short answer: the global elite have been pushing globalization.
has resulted in free trade policies and the elimination of tariffs that
once held production jobs in America. Why would the super rich pay
middle class wages for Americans to produce their goods when they can
use slave labor in the third world for free?
Mass immigration into America has displaced native workers and contributed to stagnated wages for the last four decades. While
the average American despises illegal immigration and amnesty, the new
aristocracy of political and business elite do everything in their
power to destroy national boundaries and encourage mass immigration into
developed western countries. 
In Europe, the people
are so strongly against Muslim / third world immigration they're voting
into power right wing anti-EU parties across the continent. Voters are
so fed up with the establishment global elite that in Greece they gave
the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party control of their government because their members were
known to mug immigrants in the streets.
positions that damage their electorate, the behavior of the political
elite seems illogical. However, if one assumes they're answering
to a new aristocracy of transnational elite their behavior makes
Money in politics streams primarily
from the global elite who want to end the populist nationalism
that brought people together for the common good.
America, the original European population has a far higher average IQ
than incoming third world immigrants from Mexico and Africa. No doubt the
political elite see a possibility in mass immigration to dilute the
population with less intelligent people incapable of organized
resistance to their destructive policies.
The old aristocracy consisted of people who had a vested interest in
improving the lives of the average person. Today, the new aristocracy has
a vested interest in the exact opposite. They profit from the average
American's loss, they gain power with the disenfranchisement of the
Neither Republicans nor
Democrats are fighting for the American people. Republicans support free
trade, Democrats support mass immigration. Both parties support massive
unfunded subsidies for big business. The parties are different sides of
the same coin.
The political / business elite embrace
traditional values in their personal lives even as they support
homosexual marriage, government sponsored laziness (welfare), and the free
reign for pornography on sitcoms and computers. 
They probably believe they can pacify the population with sex, entertainment, and free handouts. Hopefully, their mistaken.
 Alternet, Thom Hartman. 'The Super Rich No Longer Need a Middle Class.' November, 2013.
 Alternet, Buchheit. '5 Ways the Super Rich are Betraying America.' November, 2013.
 Boyle, Matthew. 'Public Revolt Against Obama, Political Establishment's Amnesty Efforts.' November, 2013.
 Spak, Kevin. 'Marriage Rates Steady - for Rich.' February, 2009.