"Don’t forget that most men with nothing would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich than face the reality of being poor."
John Dickinson, from the musical/movie, 1776.
I sometimes wonder why, given such a huge wealth disparity and inequality in this country, that there’s not more outrage and actions being taken to address this. Even modest tax increases on the rich are met with cries of “SOCIALISM!!!” “COMMUNISM!!!” and other assorted whining. Then I think of this quote, and it makes sense.
We are delusional. In our heads, we have a fantasy, this ideal of the “American Dream,” where, despite our current shitty financial situation, we cling to this misguided hope that we too will one day be like Scrooge McDuck, sliding down huge piles of cash. So we don’t do anything about the screwing we’re getting by the rich because we hope and dream that we’ll get there one day, and damn if the government’s gonna take OUR riches. We don’t do anything about it NOW because WE here getting shat on don’t want to be “heavily taxed” when we get to accumulate more money than we’ll ever need in a dozen lifetimes.
In short, we are morons.