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How it is that those pundits are the most for a redistribution of income and lean towards socialism tend to be affluent themselves? Throughout history and from my associations, people who are quite vocal against the capitalistic system and advocate either socialism or communism come from upper middle to upper class socioeconomic backgrounds. Examples of these are Vladimir Lenin, Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, and countless others.
Seldom does one hear of the lower middle and working class being anti-capitalist and pro-socialist and/or pro-communist. They are so busy making ends meet and they want a better socioeconomic way of life. These are the people who work smart and rise above their beginnings. Noted examples are Mark Wahlberg, Jay Z, Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Arnold Sxhwarzenegger, and countless others.
Are those who rail against capitalism and so-called income inequity have a subconscious guilt about their own socioecnomic origins? Or maybe they have not taken advantage of the opportunities that were afforded them? Or perhaps, they were so indulged that the one instance of failure severely affected them and they were not able to live their dreams? What is YOUR premise regarding this?
I was taught socialism at the knee of my grandfather who was a coal miner who risked his life for a pittance and was deliberately drowned in debt by the company store so he couldn't quit.
So you thesis rings very false to me.
It would make sense, given the era of some of the characters that you mention, that they would have had to have descended from more affluent families in order to have had the benefit of education to the extent that they could challenge capitalism and certain norms within the society that they lived. Or, have you forgotten that it was not that long ago that the lower echelons of society could neither read nor write.
Or maybe they've got the time to indulge in a spot of navel gazing. The meaning of life, the universe and everything isn't something your average wage slave has time for.
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