We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My mother's older brother was a conservative free-enterprise sort who began with nothing in the Depression and was rather successful in his investments. When he saw Newport, his reply was "After seeing Newport, I better understand why the income tax was instituted."
One of the biggest problems with the mansions of the Gilded Age was maintenance. Once the original inhabitants died off, and inheritances split, there wasn't enough money to keep the homes in good shape. Many, as a result, became something else altogether.
My brother-in-law lives in Oakdale next to Dowling College. Dowling is what used to be part of the Vanderbilt dynasty, owned by the granddaughter who married into British nobility. Many others became museums, some became hotels.
The homes are beautiful - how dull the world would be if we all lived the same way, in little houses made of ticky-tack - or apartments - lets have the full range! I, however, am very happy in my little raised ranch on 1/4 acre, and consider myself lucky whenever I watch the world news. Having said that - go OWS!