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The Battle of the Rich White Guys

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The Battle of the Rich White Guys

Ben Cartwright of Bonanza v. Gordon Gekko of Wall Street

 

By John F. Miglio

 

From the late 1950s to the early 1970s, a time when America had a flourishing middle class, strong labor unions, and a highly progressive tax code, one of the most popular shows on TV was Bonanza.   It was about Ben Cartwright, a wealthy rancher who owned over 500,000 acres of majestic land north of Lake Tahoe called the Ponderosa.

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John F. Miglio is the former editor of the Online Review of Books & Current Affairs and author of Sunshine Assassins, a dystopian political thriller.

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