The purpose of every political/economic system is to divide the existing wealth pie. no matter the shape of the income/asset distribution curve of the population and no matter the efficiency of the system in increasing the total wealth, there will always be a top ten percent and a bottom ten percent of the curve. It is a given that in every system, every person will NOT be "created equal" with respect to their starting position on the asset and the influence/prestiege curve. That being said, it is my position that the ending position on asset curve aka food chain does NOT depend upon the starting position OR the nature of the political/economic system. The system ONLY determines the shape of the curve and the ease of moving to a higher position on the curve. It is human nature and the mathematical nature of this universe which causes the results of human economic activity to fall on a normal curve aka a bell curve with 90 something percent of the population within 2 standard deviations of the mean. In other words, ten percent big losers, ten percent big winners, and lots of people in the middle. It is my position that (remembering that statistics ONLY applies to the group and NEVER to an individual) no matter the system, the losers will end up losers and the winners will end as winners. In other words, politics is the opiate of the people in the sense that it gives the losers an excuse for being - in their own minds - lower on the food chain than they should be. The winners are clawing their way up the food chain no matter the system, republic, democracy, socialist . . . doesn't matter to them. They take life the way they find it and run with it.