I knew something sounded familiar about this staggering quote from Herman Cain regarding the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks, if you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself! ... It is not a person's fault if they succeeded, it is a person's fault if they failed.
I've placed it. Cain's statement sounds a lot like this little gem from Napleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich.
SUCCESS REQUIRES NO APOLOGIES, FAILURE PERMITS NO ALIBIS.
As discussed here, that's an exact quote -- all caps, bad grammar, and all. And I think it's a fairly heartless philosophy. Worse, as I've observed many times, much of "new thought" is basically apologia for the worst excesses of capitalism. It's little wonder that books like The Secret get the full sanction of the corporate media. (It's also, arguably, why James Arthur Ray got the kid gloves treatment throughout the sweat lodge trial.) Poor people have no one to blame but themselves. And having money and success equals legitimacy. Nothing to threaten the power structure there.