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post #4 of (permalink) Old 08-21-2019, 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by VIncymon View Post
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRVg...ature=youtu.be

As I get older, and I look back at my childhood entertainment....it amazes me how often businessman are portrayed as outright villains....or at the very least very unsympathetic whilat the good guy is almost always dirt poor.

But...everybody aspires to have financial success...so why are those with money portrayed as villains.
I think it's an archetype of unbalanced power. Obviously in the Bible (the new testament, anyway. I am not so familiar with the old testament) there are plenty of references to businessmen and the outright wealthy, but it would be interesting to know if the same character type of the "evil businessman" is also found in other cultures that didn't develop a capitalist society. Feudal Japan, for example, or ancient China, medieval Europe, Greeks, or Persian folklore.

"I might be great tomorrow, but hopeless yesterday"
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