Hearst Caste

A Drop In The Bucket

  • January 29, 2014
A Drop In The Bucket

We recently took a tour of the (once) private quarters of the Hearst family at Hearst Castle, courtesy of the California State Parks. In this day and age dominated by subjects like climate change and income inequality, it was ironic to be standing in the private rooms of the scion of one of this country’s richest families – one that in its current corporate incarnation, still owns and operates a media empire rivaled by few, ranging from print to broadcast outlets to the internet (Mozilla), viewing a legacy gathered from around the world acquired at no small expense that at least in name, was now the property of the people of California, because of a deal struck in the late Fifties in which the State had acquired the property from the Hearst family for one dollar (and a huge tax write-off).

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