A little thought experiment: imagine two men dropped from a helicopter into the wilderness, and left to their own devices to survive.
One man is given a saw and shovel and a pack of seeds.
The the other is given a box of $100 bills, and is a millionaire.
Money does not produce, think, invent, or work. Having a pile of money does not make a person smart or useful. If it did, trust babies would be our most, rather than least, important citizens.
The notion that the wealthy are necessary to our survival is nonsense. They do not create wealth. They merely harvest it from others. They can be useful in the allocation and investment process, but should be our servants and not our masters.