No, you *really* didn’t build that

This is an excellent “lefty rant” from Ian Welsh that deserves highlighting:

The value of our money is not something which is reliant on us as individuals, but is based instead on the productive capacity of our society, something which individuals have almost nothing to do with.  Being born in America or Belgium is worth much more than being born in Nigeria or Bangladesh.  You didn’t choose your parents, you didn’t choose your upraising, you can’t be said to “deserve” much if anything as a result.

Far too many people believe their good fortune was the result of their individual excellence rather than the great cosmic accident of being born in a green and pleasant land.