Here's a comment I left on youtube:
The wealth of developed nations is based not only on ingenuity and hard work. The wealth of developed nations is also critically based on oppression and violence, including slavery and environmental degradation (greenhouse gas pollution very much included.)
The myth of meritocracy runs rampant in American culture.
It's important to realize that much of our material "success" is based not on merit - but instead on oppression and violence, on expropriation and exploitation.
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