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I like that phrase because it captures the central conceit of capitalism - that we can all be millionaires if we work hard enough - and its just bad luck or laziness if we haven't quite made it yet.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Sep 28th, 2015 at 04:57:27 PM EST
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It's the central myth of US culture: Horatio Alger and self-made men.  It's all crap and has mostly been a tool to control the working classes, but even the death of the middle class and all mobility but downward hasn't killed it.
by rifek on Mon Sep 28th, 2015 at 10:54:25 PM EST
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Industry and productivity can make everyone prosperous, or to put it in other terms, "Confer upon all members of society goods, services, opportunities and choices".

Being rich is unfortunately very frequently defined as "Having much more than the average person" Which, obviously, is not something which everyone can achieve.

And policies meant to promote the first look very, very different from policies catering to people who want to achieve the second.

by Thomas on Tue Sep 29th, 2015 at 12:24:42 PM EST
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