I'm sure this was and snub of ayn rand, or Nietzsche, but it misses the point. The argument was not that the poor today use "ethics" to control the rich, but that people use a "you have to help others" mentality to posture their way into gaining power. Many of the current rich used this mentality to get where they are. Notice how not one randian villain is poor in her books. Rather they are the "undeserving rich, who use a certain kind of ethic for material gain. In every rand book, the undeserving rich utilize a philosophy of altruism to manipulate others. It was never meant to be an attack on "the poor" alone.