malice wrote:Clearly you're not somebody who needs help from the government. Sounds like you got lucky.
solt wrote:It's not even a question of luck. If you work hard, you will do well in life
fjafjan wrote:And got lucky, it's not as simple as "work hard + smarts + america = massive profit"
bitwiseshiftleft wrote:The poor and uneducated have little bargaining power, and cannot achieve wealth or education without a great deal of luck, a miracle, or help from large, powerful charities.
Quotes pulled from a brief forum search for such phrases as "luck", "wealth", and "success".
Some of us are very opinionated on how responsible a person is for their own fortune. So let's go with the closest thing i'm going to get to an actual social experiment and actually poll everyone on how they feel about it. Does capitalism work? Is "rags to riches" just a faerytale? Have we created a new aristocracy?
As far as the poll goes, i'm concerned with your perceptions specifically about the US. If you're from one of the less awesome parts of the world, feel free to comment on conditions there, but please answer the poll based on your perceptions of the economic status of the US.
For me, my answer is sole personal responsibility. It extends from my philosophy that i'm responsible for everything that happens to me, so naturally i apply it to economics. It isn't always that simple, but i believe it holds true as a general rule.