The Sackler family, who made their fortune off of Oxycontin, which is probably the major reason the life expectancy for middle-aged working-class white people has dramatically fallen over the past decade, are almost a perfect example of how the ruling class sees the world. As long as they get their kids into the right schools they don’t care if yours die.
Jacqueline Sackler was fed up. HBO’s John Oliver would soon use his TV show to pillory her family, the clan that owns Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. In a nearly 15-minute Sunday-night segment, he joined a long line of people who blamed the Sacklers in part for the nation’s opioid crisis.
Before the show aired, Ms. Sackler, who is married to a son of a company co-founder, emailed her in-laws, lawyers and advisers. “This situation is destroying our work, our friendships, our reputation and our ability to function in society,” she wrote.
“And worse, it dooms my children. How is my son supposed to apply to high school in September?”
Or, to take an iconic clip from a classic film, this is how people like the Sacklers really see the rest of us.