— Jamie Anne Royce (via suspend)
Well probably something along the lines of pointing out the fact that capitalism is the reason poverty exists, and that the vast majority of people who “escape” poverty under capitalism ‘escape’ into a lifetime of soul destroying, alienated labour which debilitates them physically and mentally. The tiny number of people who go from poverty to riches are an irrelevant anomaly when compared to the great mass of subjugated humanity who will never have the opportunity to experience the same luck.
I think behind these arguments is usually the presupposition that merely not living in poverty should be enough for working class people - that the bare minimum needed for us to reproduce our labour power fresh for exploitation on a daily basis should be the limit of our aspirations… and even more laughably, that we should actually thank them for it.
Capitalism raises people out of poverty so that they can squeeze more value out of their labour, and for no other reason. the farmer also provides his livestock with grass, food and shelter..