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Contrary to the prevailing assumptions of his time, Eric Hoffer did not believe that revolutionary movements were based on the sufferings of the downtrodden. “Where people toil from sunrise to sunset for a bare living, they nurse no 26 ever wonder why? grievances and dream no dreams,” he said. He had spent years living among such people and being one of them. Hoffer’s insights may help explain something that many of us have found very puzzling—the offspring of wealthy families spending their lives and their inherited money backing radical movements.
For the society as a whole, that connection remains as ﬁxed as ever, but the welfare state makes it possible for individuals to think of money or goods as just arbitrary dispensations. Thus those who have less can feel a grievance against “society” and are less inhibited about stealing or vandalizing. And the very concept of gratitude or obligation disappears— even the obligation of common decency out of respect for other people. The next time you see a bum leaving drug needles in a park where children play or urinating in the street, you are seeing your tax dollars at work and the end result of the vision of the anointed.
Who are we to believe, those who had personally experienced the horrors of the war in the Paciﬁc, and who had a lifetime of military experience, or leftist historians hot to ﬁnd something else to blame America for? During the island-hopping war in the Paciﬁc, it was not uncommon for thousands of Japanese troops to ﬁght to the death on an island, while the number captured were a few dozen. Even some Japanese soldiers too badly wounded to stand would lie where they fell until an American medical corpsman approached to treat their wounds—and then they would set off a grenade to kill them both.