I reviewed the Forbes list some more and after looking through just the US I saw the heirs of the Walmart founder are all on the list, but other than that, two other fellows inherited a small mining company and went on the make it the biggest mining company in the U.S..
The rest? They were all self made. Names like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Dell, the google founders, George Soros (hedgefunds), etc. etc.
So what is your solution to the college issue you presented then? Would it be best if people weren't granted student loans anymore?
I'm suggesting that your solutions create more problems, and don't solve many of them. I don't pretend to know the solutions to these problems but It is important to acknowledge that tehy -are-p roblems and that the current status quo is insufficient to address them.
Bill gates' father wasn't exactly working class, either. The man was an attourney, as AFIAK, is still alive. Inheritance isn't what I'm talking about at all.
Zuckerberg went to Harvard. The point I made is still valid - That the *people you know* can provide greater opportunities: Even if mom and dad aren't -spectacularly- wealthy, being in a situation where you know the right people affords you far more opportunities than brute-forcing the notion of hard-work could possibly provide.
Hard work is not the only factor present here. Feel free to deny it, but external, uncontrollable factors do play a part. I am not suggesting that this is inherently good or bad, but I do not believe that hard work alone can explain mass property acquisition, nor does it justify the means of acquisition, should they prove to be unethical. Which they very well can be. They aren't always, but I believe it is a strong enough pattern to warrant *some* type of intervention, or at the very least, an honest, critical look. I don't think it is entirely correct to assume that wealth is an actual reflection of ethics of any sort. Or lack thereof.
Not that I trust our current government to handle such responsibilities adequately or without corrupting influences. The relationship between the government and corporations is interesting, to say in the least. To put it succinctly, I trust neither a free market, nor powers that would mitigate the injustices committed in it's name. I am extremely cynical towards the notion that people get -that- much power and influence through "honest" hard work - not at least without some *external8 advantage over us proles, and not at leat without crushing someone underfoot on the way up.
The current Apple market is built on the backs of Foxconn employees. DO we need to get into the routine abuses of human rights that go on within that company? Is mere hard work an adequate justification for exploitation?
The opportunities you had to work and save growing up aren't availible for many. I am not suggesting it is good or bad, but I think at the very least, it should be acknowledged. Your privilege is showing baldly. If you can't accept that a person who works two jobs at the age of 18 and can't save because they're having to support a sick parent or have actual financial obligations that mom and pop can't (or won't) take care of, you're being silly. These types of situations are a lot more common than may be convenient for you to accept.