Poor people seem to be particularly vulnerable to being TOLD what to do.
I think there may be at least two reasons for this (probably more):
They are generally not well educated. While a few may be, or seek to educate themselves, that is only the exception that proves the rule. Poorly educated people are less inclined to resist indoctrination and less inclined to suffer the rigors of working and educating themselves at the same time (as I said, some do, but I think that is the minority.) It is difficult to control educated people . . . which is why liberal eggheads, which the author calls “high-minded, right-thinking progressive elites”, don’t try too control each other. Trying to control educated people is like trying to herd cats. So the poor become a target rich environment.
A lot of poor people feel desperate. Desperation becomes a motivation for “tell me what to do and pull me out of this mess.” The high-minded, right-thinking progressive elites say, “OK, we’ll pull you out of the hole, but you have to do two things: 1) Do EXACTLY as we tell you, and 2) Vote for us. If you don’t do these things, our opposition will throw you back in the hole.” Or “put you back in chains” as Biden phrased it.
Most of the poor respond, “OK, as long as this pulls me out of the hole, I’m in.”
Now there are some poor who pull themselves out of the hole, without the “help” of the high-minded, right-thinking progressive elites, through hard work and diligent effort. But these generally become conservatives, because of the experience they had in getting THEMSELVES out of the hole primarily through their own efforts. These people are useless to the high-minded, right-thinking progressive elites, so they don’t even try to herd them. The high-minded, right-thinking progressive elites generally preach, “BTW, if you’re going to try to get out of the hole yourself, we’ll not lend a hand, and probably try to defeat your efforts.”, knowing that those that are successful in helping themselves are likely to turn out to be their opposition.
Bottom line, as I said, the poor provide a target rich environment for these high-minded, right-thinking progressive elites, otherwise called Liberal Eggheads, otherwised called . . . Dems.