The popular “temporarily embarrassed millionaires” quote by John Steinbeck is about privileged communists, not poor people thinking they will become rich

It amazes me how many people misinterpret the origins of this quote. As quoted in A Short History of Progress (2004) by Ronald Wright: “John Steinbeck once said that socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” This has since been cited […]