We have a culture that worships work. The little red hen. The ants and the grasshopper.
We also have a culture that needs things and security.
Now don't get me wrong, I am all for work as long as we are working on the right thing.
It seems that we are spending all our time pursuing the AMERICAN DREAM or trying to stay off the streets so the only people with the time and energy to think about community, the future and justice are persons who are interested in power for its own sake.
I am reminded of a Science fiction novel where the rulers tried to assassinate the hero because he was too altruistic. So the super wealthy are telling the wealthy and the middle class several tall tales. 1 wealthy people are better because they are wealthy. 2 poor people are destroying the economy. 3Mexicans are destroying the economy 4 If you are not super wealthy there can be only one of 3 reasons. poor people are lazy. poor people are immoral (wealthy people are the opposite) or our favorite other poor people(especially Mexicans ) are stealing your money