A Moment of Steinbeck

A thing going around right now is a John Steinbeck quote from The Grapes of Wrath:
If he needs a million acres to make him feel rich, seems to me he needs it 'cause he feels awful poor inside hisself, and if he's poor inside hisself, there aint no million acres gonna make him feel rich.
This goes with a second quote allegedly from Steinbeck.
"Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires."
This is followed by a rant against the Koch brothers, etc.

But consider: if the American people think of themselves as 'temporarily embarrassed millionaires,' then they are a people who are on Steinbeck's terms rich inside.

How are you going to make them feel poor?

1 comment:

raven said...

Well, ya could start by taking away their insurance, an their doctor, and taxin' the hell out of everything they make, and sending forth an swarm of officers to harass them eat out their substance,.....