Mr. Kaul has it right. In our demented times, the "person of the year" is sure to be: a lying, amoral, conniving, vicious confidence man, who has no heart, no soul, no conscience, no dignity. Martin Shkreli is that person. Shkreli is neoliberal man to a tee. He is arrogant, smug, superficial, ruthless, sociopathic. If I had a son like Shkreli I would be mortally ashamed of the wretch. He speaks for everything that is bad in human nature--rather like those pumped-up nothings who loved being called "master" in the plantation South. Ruling class people are often insipid, contemptible mediocrities. It's the greatest of ideological tricks for ordinary people to be taken in by the idea that our rulers are invariably civil, intelligent, decent persons. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Because terrible social systems tend to elevate terrible people into positions of wealth and power.
I completely agree with Mr. Kaul that Shkreli is a poster-boy for the Republican Party. The Republican Party is full of vicious, stupid people, mediocrities who sadistically impose themselves on the rest of us.