GOP actions remind me how an ex-employee described Robert Mercer to @JaneMayerNYer

He believes humans have no inherent value other than how much money they make. A cat has value because it provides pleasure to humans. Someone on welfare has negative value
Cambridge Analytica founder Robert Mercer, whose co Renaissance Tech owes $7+ billion in taxes thinks:

“society is upside down—that government helps the weak people get strong, and makes the strong people weak by taking their money away, through taxes.”
Another former high-level Renaissance employee said about Robert Mercer:

“Bob thinks the less government the better. He’s happy if people don’t trust the government. And if the President’s a bozo? He’s fine with that. He wants it to all fall down.”
One of Trump's largest funders in 2016, Robert Mercer has started donating to Trump 2020 with a $355K check to the Trump Victory committee
Some of the recent anti-quarantine protests are backed by an initiative called Convention of States, which was set up in 2015 with financial backing by Robert Mercer and others
This important & terrifying article describes how tech/big data billionaire colleague of Mercer, Peter Thiel, was influenced by William Rees-Mogg's book The Sovereign Individual which describes how the “cognitive elite” will rise to power and influence
These are dystopian times, as many in the Trump admin and GOP push policies that value some lives above others, they are backed by money & influence from people like Mercer & Thiel who have scary views on centralizing power among wealthy cognitive elite
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