Rucksack Mentality

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An undeniably large part of what keeps poverty going is the fact that there are people who think that if they vote with the rich they’ll somehow magically become the rich. The trouble is, rich people don’t vote. They own.

"Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires." 

(Quote attributed to John Steinbeck but is under dispute. Regardless, it’s still true.)

It doesn’t help that we are trained from childhood in our schools and our churches that challenging the status quo or questioning authority is morally reprehensible. It’s more than just a poor decision - you are a fundamentally bad person for even considering the notion. Of course the rich know best - they wouldn’t be rich otherwise, right?

(via daughterofavalon)