We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Reminds me of an old saying in media.
Dad owned a newspaper, and gave it to his oldest son - well educated, well established.
Dad also owned a radio station, as it had come into vogue after the established newspaper became successful, and gave it to his second son, also well-established and well educated.
Dad stumbled into TV toward the end of his life, it was an add-on from radio. He didn't know what to do with it, and gave it to his 3rd son, the playboy layabout. He figured 3rd son wouldn't be able to ruin something which wasn't going to amount to much, anyway.
Problem is, TV station took off and 3rd son wound up wealthier than sons 1 and 2, and now idiot 3rd son is deeply embedded in the internet as well (this being a story I'd hear around 2000), where a bunch of kids are spending his money willy-nilly, living like he did but 'creating' tons of cool stuff. He's basically reliving his youth through them.
It's an oversimplification, but there's also a surprising amount of truth to it, especially if you wandered around some of the incubators back in the late 90's, early 2000s.
Interestingly enough, "Silicon Valley" (if you haven't seen it, I recommend) is kind've a play on this concept. It's a hilarious show if you have the time to watch it.
But a long time ago, I had a good friend who invented a program for the internet - one of the first browsers and one of the first content aggregation services. He sold it for a boatload of money, and has been an incubator ever since. When we'd go out (being single at the time) girls would ask me "is he really smart or something?" I used to say "no, he's actually not that smart at all. He just knows how to make things work and he's a really great guy, so it's easy to see why people want to work with him."
Intelligence rarely equates to wealth. One of the smartest guys I know has a PhD in Philosophy. He's my dad's plumber. Well, I guess he has more wealth than most of us...
It's kind of like the High school athlete. He gets the girls, the attention, is the big shot in school. Goes to college and flunks out. Goes back to his hometown and sells shoes for a living. The A students in high school are treated with kid gloves. If they screw up a test the teacher gives them something that they can do for extra credit. None of the teachers dare fail them or give them a grade that would keep them off the honor roll. Life is easy, everything is easy until they get to real life. Compare with the regular student. Not in the right clique in school, not quite the best student. Someone has to get C's in class so the "honor roll" kids can get A's and not destroy the class average so the regular kids never get the high grades no matter the quality of their work. No scholarships for them, nothing but hard work and no breaks. Makes them tough and determined. Many of these kids through hard work and toughness make something for themselves while the classmates who were handed so much never developed the work ethic and toughness.
Robert Nozick once posed the question, "Why do intellectuals oppose capitalism?" And then wrote an essay giving his explanation. (What follows is an oversimplification of his argument.)
Long story short, the people who become intellectuals are mostly the ones who paid attention in school, did their homework carefully and well, excelled at school-directed tasks, and bathed frequently in oceans of teacher approval.
However, the post-school commercial world has a different standard for rewarding workers. And while intellectuals are often rewarded pretty well, they don't get showered with oceans of cash as large and deep as the teacher approval of yesteryear.
So they develop a pout, and instead of appreciating what they do receive — and recognizing that the world isn't the classroom — they childishly take out their disappointment on the entire world of commerce, i.e. capitalism.
That's not what I've seen.
There is a sweet spot of small-to-medium businesses whose owners have a lot more satisfaction and seem more genuine and unaffected, and in our generation are often more connected to a real community.
OTOH I know a lot of neurotic academics, alienated programmers, and workaholic lawyers. Many highly educated people caught up in virtual rather than actual living - the modern curse.