Of mongers and merchants

Are mongers and merchants members of the same fraternity, the commercial class? It is a fraternity, don’t you know? Women are barely welcome. Perhaps that is because they are not sufficiently frivolous. Not showy enough.

War mongers and woe mongers. Is there a difference? Males making a spectacle of themselves to attract attention. Males keeping to themselves is considered a disease. Ostentatious males put me ill at ease (diseased). LOL

Question after reading about the history of Theranos, a blood testing firm, whose founder is on trial for fraud:
At what point does frivolity turn into fraud?

How does a Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, become involved in such a scheme?