The tyrant or the slave but nowhere in the middle
Here Lupe expands on his metaphor from the previous line. The media push the “American” dream. If you just work hard enough and have enough belief you too can be rich and enjoy a lifestyle beyond your wildest dreams. The reality is there is a global class of the super rich emerging while the middle and lower classes are suffering. The super rich are the tyrants who control the politicians while the other 99% are the slaves.
There is a plutonomy emerging where the super rich are absorbing a disproportionate slice of the economic wealth being created.
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