r/unpopularopinion May 04 '21

The people who most strongly advocate against capitalism are the ones who have already profited so much off of it.

Living in NYC, you see a bunch of people who hate capitalism for whatever reason. A majority of those that do tend to be born as upper middle class women which doesn’t make sense to me. For starters, most of these people come from well-off backgrounds with parents who are lawyers, doctors, businessmen etc who are most certainly participants within the stock market. Due to this, growing up they’re often able to have the luxury of affording the best education possible and usually don’t have to worry about money. I guess somewhere along the line the thought process shifts while attending one of those elite undergraduate schools due to all of the debt that is acquired which is no ones fault but their own. No one forced you to pursue a low-paying career while also taking out a boatload of debt to go to a prestigious undergrad so you can feel superior to everyone else. They end up adopting this kind of victim mentality where anyone who works in a high paying job like finance is automatically a bad person. Theres a good portion of people in these careers who work long, hard hours in order to improve their lives and the lives of their future families, but they end up being demonized because of this smart career choice. Do they not realize that the same people they demonize for contributing to a capitalistic society are also their own family members who at one point started from the very bottom as well? Their entire upbringing has been centered around capitalism and now that they’re struggling due to the life choices that have been made, they expect society to shift in order to cater to them.

Edit: The title still stands as correct. The paragraph is catered towards large metropolitan cities, specifically NYC, but you’ll find these people in every city.


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u/Dis0lved May 04 '21

This is a straw man argument. Many self made hard working people with good educations and stable careers are socialists. Failed rich kids with student debt are not "the people who most strongly advocate against capitalism", this is your first straw man. Also, criticizing capitalism doesn't mean you criticize the people who benefit from or or participate in it, like you suggest. This is another straw man. Criticizing capitalism doesn't mean you don't recognize the hard work of the honest people that do make a living and grow rich under capitalism, this is your third straw man. Being critical of capitalism essentially means that you acknowledge that a large amount of people work very hard (sometimes as hard as or harder than those who succeed and grow rich) without reaping the fruit of their own labor. Sometimes in failed pseudo-capitalist countries like the US it is even the case that extremely hard working and honest people or their dependent family members die early from lack of access to basic health care and education, or suffer extreme stress and distress due to difficult life circumstances that would have been completely preventable with proper worker protections and public health care. The issue with admitting systemic fault in the US flavor of capitalism is that many Americans see any criticism of their economic and social system as an attack on their national identity, largely due to the red scare of the Mccarthyist era and the footprint it left in US culture.


u/-GildedTongue- May 04 '21

Failed pseudo-capitalist countries like the US