facade to what's really happening.
Chris Hedges is one of those folks. Another is Russell Brand.
Here he interviews George Monbiot about the facade - he calls it myth - that people get rich by working hard and poor by being lazy.
The two assert that it's this myth that helps keep the poor poor and the rich rich. The start out with Self Attribution Theory (we attribute our good to our own efforts) and go on to look at examples of the wealthy perpetuating the myth, though they themselves were born to wealth. Monbiot cites a study that says many corporate leaders score high on tests for psychopathy. He goes on to say,
"If you're born poor and have psychopathic tendencies, you're quite likely to end up in prison. If you're born rich you go to business school." [I think he said 'business school' at the end.]
Brand does this with charm and wit and mockery of how most news hosts dress and act.
Did anyone watching this, even unconsciously, dismiss Brand because of how he is dressed and how he sits? I'm sure that he is intentionally making the point through his dress and posture that we have been conditioned to give more credence to men in suits who sit or stand up straight. Even when they say totally stupid things, even outright lies.
[UPDATE 11:30am: I've added a little to this post. Nothing to change the meaning, just to supplement what I'd written about the video.]