I believe extreme inequality is the problem. The fact is, one can remove very large sums of money from the super-rich without affecting their lives in any meaningful way whatsoever – still leaving them far richer than their fellows and never needing to lift a finger to support themselves – and use that money to save and improve the lives of not just the needy, but the entire working class and even the middle class.
And those super-rich have more political influence than anyone else, which they can use to further secure their fortunes.
I agree there, and sorry if it looked like I was making my argument on that basis. But the general idea that people should be relatively equal doesn’t seem something you can attack on the basis of the founders’ own hypocrisy.