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“There is no one in this country who got rich on his own”

Elizabeth Warren was an accomplished scholar and law professor before she got pissed off enough to run for the Senate. In 2012, she became the first female Senator from the state of Massachusetts. The video posted below went viral, in 2011, and helped launch Warren’s campaign. It also gained her a great deal of respect among progressives.

“There is no one in this country who got rich on his own” ~ Elizabeth Warren

Warren is no socialist, in fact she is an outspoken proponent of capitalism, but nonetheless, she’s espousing a principle tenant of socialism. By saying that no one gets rich on his/her own, Warren is also challenging the American myth that financial success has only to do with one’s individual effort and has little or nothing to do with the society within which we live.

It’s obvious that business benefits from a greater society that is stable and well-educated, but there’s also the flip side of the myth, the more sinister side of the American myth of individualism, that those who are not financially successful are lazy or flawed and therefore deserve to suffer, to reap what they sow.

It’s 2018, and it’s a year where a lot of progressives are pissed off and getting ready to do the same thing that Elizabeth Warren did six years ago: run for office so as to debunk the lies that keep us from working together. I look forward to seeing what kind of energy progressives put into these campaigns. Hopefully it will look a lot like this:

 

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Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy; I pass the winters in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. I'm working on a memoir-based nonfiction book on the American Dream. I blog, quite frequently, and I also have a novel in process, set in Alaska.

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