The “self-made man” myth is one of my pet peeves. Without the tax-payer funded commons (infrastructure, public education, transportation systems, police, firemen, armed forced, environmental, food, beverage and drug safety regulations, protections against anti-competitive practices, financial scams, public health, etc. etc. etc.) we are still living on farms and trading furs for molasses. When you add the oppression lottery, based on your skin color and where you are born in the world, it’s even harder to understand how people of privilege don’t recognize these huge advantages. We are a country composed primarily of arrogant idiots.