And sadly, this college professor from Boston didn't get this. He felt that the answer was that scarcity caused people to make bad choices - as if having only $10 in your pocket merely forced you to squander it even faster, rather than slower. And the underlying presumption here is, that it is inevitable and cannot be helped.
And I have to disagree with this concept, as it negates the concept of human choice - and thus negates the entire concept of our humanity. If we pre-suppose that nothing we do makes any difference in our lives - and hand our over our lives to to the fates - then we give up on living and give up on what it means to be human. At that point, we are little more than cattle, being lead to slaughter.
This illustrates the dichotomy in the two views of our society - one view being that we are all "victims" of fate and our lives, and those "lucky" enough to "strike it rich" did so through sheer change or circumstance. A second view is that, while fate plays a huge role in our lives, the choices we do make, do make a difference, and trivializing those choices trivializes our lives as a whole.
Or to put it succinctly, I may be Liberal, but I am not a wacky liberal.