Hi Grace Marguerite Williams! How's it going?
I guess you know my shtick by now, eh?
Then without further ado: Are the rich "so hated in recent American culture & society"? Is there "such a strong prejudice against the rich"? And are they, and they alone, "the ones who build, contribute to & empower culture and society"?
Do we know for a fact that that last assertion is a fact? Could it be that "American culture" "contributes to & empowers" people so that they can become rich? Is Bill Gates, for example, just as likely to have become a multi "gazillionaire" in, say, Zimbabwe, Myanmar, Outer Mongolia, and other garden spots of the world?
And isn't it really fair to say that "American culture & society" goes on "building up," "contributing to," and "empowering" the rich in their Rich-hood, through tax policy (specifically on minimal to no inheritance tax) and various areas of industrial and corporate policy, granting access to choice natural resources, patent law, torts, limited liability, international trade treaty provisions, and so forth?
And even when we consider the industries, through which the rich allegedly "build, contribute to & empower culture & society," the question we should ask is: Where did those industries come from?
The answer is, almost invariably: They got their start, their very conception, their development in the public sector, specifically the Pentagon through DARPA, the Department of Advanced Research Projects Administration.
And not only that, let's say something like: "Corporations create new products." But is that actually true?
It has long been my understanding that when a corporation comes out with a new product, its not so much that they have actually, internally invented the thing---they may claim credit for "developing" it, but one must always beware of the tricky use of language that these people engage in---but that they have bought a small company and integrated it into themselves, buying the rights to whatever the absorbed company produced.
You see it all the time on the business news, when you hear this corporation "acquire" this or that company.
But even with all that, does anybody actually "hate" the rich? In America we don't have the political class consciousness to "hate" the rich.