I have never completed any sort of empirical research on the subject of the elite and degeneracy. I never felt the need to. To me it was always sort of a given, something you could at least generally intuit and state with confidence as a probable truth. Which is why I find the shocked reactions of so many so baffling and disturbing.
I touch upon the degeneracy of the elite in my novel The City of Earthly Desire. In the scene below, crime boss Viktor Vilinovich recruits Suzy into his army of young women who secretly visit the global elite to procure favors for Vilinovich. This was not based on any concrete research - rather a hunch at how business gets done in many cases:
"The world is full of men with shiny shoes and parted-hair: politicians, bankers, judges, lawyers, diplomats. These men are no better than rats. Unfortunately, you have to deal with them if you want anything done. They are the gatekeepers and toll-collectors. On the surface they present themselves as moral, upstanding citizens who work for the people. They have wives and families, but when the eye of the world turns away from them for a few minutes, they are quick to indulge their passions. I know this and use it to my advantage. I feed their lust to unlock their gates and pay their tolls."
“You have an army of whores here in the city to do that.”
“You are quite famous now. Many of these men are aware of you. They’ve seen you in the magazines; watched you in the videos. They desire you. Some have even inquired about you.”
“You want to pimp me out to politicians and bankers?”
“For each gate you unlock, I will pay you five thousand dollars.”
The sum made Suzy’s forehead tremor slightly. The offer appealed to her on several levels. It gave her the chance to make a substantial amount of money on the side. It also provided her an outlet through which she could secretly avenge herself on Béla. She licked her top lip playfully and smiled.
“And when would you want me to start?”
“Soon. There’s a Hungarian politician who refuses to listen to my offers concerning a factory I want to purchase. I recently discovered he is an admirer of yours.”
Note: I detest the term "elite" to describe the vast majority of those occupying the top positions in politics, finance, industry, media, and the arts because in many cases they do not display ANY sort of superiority in terms of ability or qualities when compared to the rest of a group or society.