HS you talk a lot about who this class is but you haven't talked a lot about their culture and beliefs other than adopting them is a prerequisite for admittance. What do these people believe? Are they like SWPLs?
I always thought of SWPLs as upper middle class whites whose main motivation is culture displays proving they aren't like proles.
This is a perfectly good question, but unfortunately I can’t provide the best answer because I don’t normally socialize with top out-of-sight people, and because they stay out of sight, it’s difficult to learn about them.
Like all other classes, they are primarily concerned with demonstrating they are better than the class immediately beneath them, and don’t care at all about what classes several tiers below them think. This means that the stuff that SWPLs do to distinguish themselves from the classes below are not necessarily things that the top out-of-sight class does.
It is known that the top out-of-sight is very interested in philanthropy, which is probably as important to them as being environmentally conscious is to SWPLs. The top-out-sight also places a high value on insulation, and they mostly use their money to keep themselves and their family insulated from lower classes. They probably take cabs rather than subways, even when a subway would actually save time (such as during heavy rush hour traffic). But I’m not sure about that. If they have a full-time private driver, then they might be upper class rather than top out-of-sight. Two weeks ago when I was walking home from the subway, I saw Anderson Cooper walk out of the Time Warner building and into the back seat of a black SUV. I think that Anderson Cooper might have been top out-of-sight if he didn’t become a famous news reporter, so now he’s upper class. Top-out-of-sight who live anywhere besides Manhattan drive their own cars, and they avoid the most expensive cars. Someone who travels in a chauffeured Rolls Royce is not top out-of-sight.
Unlike in the days of Edith Wharton, today the top out-of-sight want to do something that looks like work, unless they are women with children in which case it’s OK to not to work (although of course they still have a nanny). They like to work in philanthropy, the arts, and the non-profit sector. Some of the men will seek out real money-making jobs in hedge funds or venture capital. You will never see a top out-of-sight person working as a dentist.
The majority of the top out-of-sight class voted for Obama in 2008. Overwhelmingly so in liberal states in the northeast, and only by a slim margin in red states.
This is all speculation, I could be wrong about anything or everything I wrote above.