This thread may get political, so beware and keep your courtesy caps on!
Anyway, the topic came up on the Urban Rap thread, about how money and greed tend to get in the way of music, and artistic success.
Two things I'd like to throw into the arena.
1) I just heard recently that CEOs now make about 400 times what the average production worker makes. I'm finding this hard to believe, and I may have misheard it. It was on NPR, so if someone else can confirm or correct my impression, I'd be grateful.
2) It seems to me that the economic success of an individual under capitalism in one way or another requires an unhealthy cultivation of one or more of the 7 deadly passions (sins). (Pride, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, Avarice, Gluttony, and Lust).
My $0.02, fwiw. Mileage may vary.