That last post is a good example of how decades of neolibral rhetoric and centuries of capitalist production have totally skewed how the greater public view of who is an “economic leech.”
To our modern day economic thought, it is those seen as “not contributing,” typically poor and/or disabled people, the mythical “welfare queen,” the addicted, and the lazy. However, they never take one second to examine if owners of capital are the actual “leeches” to borrow the phrase.
What do the owners of capital contribute besides owning capital that is usually generationally passed? What do owners produce? How are they more worthy of taking the excesses of your labor than the minimum wage service workers, or the single parents, or disabled people?
No one examines WHY those people are poor. They assume they are lazy, that they are choosing to make less and do less. That basic necessities are a privilege to be earned rather than basic right, and that these people do not reach that arbitrary line of personhood. Rather, it is because of the capitalist necessity of near infinite growth and demand for ever greater profits that demands that those that have not have even less.