Because Capitalism relies upon us believing that hard work gets you to the top.
Thus those living in poverty have to be demonized as lazy, work-shy, stupid, or as generally having a failing in their personality and personal ethics - class oppression is intertwined with other forms of oppression such as racism...
Best answer: Because Capitalism relies upon us believing that hard work gets you to the top.
Thus those living in poverty have to be demonized as lazy, work-shy, stupid, or as generally having a failing in their personality and personal ethics - class oppression is intertwined with other forms of oppression such as racism which further promotes this idea that those who are poor are simply inferior in some way, not just via personality failings but also genetically inferior too.
So on the other end of the scale we're taught those who are rich are hard-working, intelligent, genetically superior, and as we associate poverty with something negative we instinctively see a rich person as being positive - they must be great people to have achieved, right? The fact is that in order to achieve they have had to have relied upon oppression somewhere along the line, via their workers or sources they've used, if they come from 'old money'/family money then that money has inevitably come from things like slavery or child labour in the past, you track back the money from any billionaire you will see unethical behavior.
There's also the theory that there's no such thing as an ethical rich person, the very fact that they hoard their money or spend their money on frivolous things while others suffer demonstrates this - in cases like Bill Gates who gives to charity, also consider the ways in which those charities work e.g. The Gates Foundation helps with birth control access in LEDC's which on the surface seems great but it often involves unethical practices such as support of population control, denying women birth control choices, using women in LEDC's as guinea pigs such as in the development of Depo. Money given to charity by billionaires is often self-serving or supports other billionaires e.g. it makes them look good while also supporting other billionaires or world leaders in continuing oppression under Capitalism, as well as keeping money among rich.
Billionaires aren't good people, but class warfare and oppression under Capitalism means convincing us they are good people.
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