Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded – here and there, now and then – are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right – thinking people.
Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or ( as sometimes happens ) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
This is known as ‘bad luck’.
– Robert A. Heinlein