Hard Work, Gumption and Bootstraps?

Commenter on Metafter: “Why are all newspaper comments turning into Free Republic?

If you buy into the idea that anyone can make it in the US with HARD WORK and GUMPTION and BOOTSTRAPS, that turns poverty into a moral issue and the poor can be safely judged as inferior human beings because if they wanted to not be poor and hungry, they should just get jobs and work their way up and stop having kids and PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.

And if you think that way, you have a massive media apparatus reinforcing the narrative because the political and aristocratic classes derive a tremendous benefit from the various lower classes tearing at each other over scraps rather than eyeing the guys at the top who have a LOT more to fight over.

Commenter on Metafilter