I think the idea is less what you've written and more that an individual alone cannot make money by himself, or if he did start writing 100$ Vilk-Buck Notes, he'd still need the society that he is part of to provide those goods and services. Otherwise you've just got a dude sitting in a room full of paper. (and as we know the value of the paper is totally fabricated, based on the equivalent of weather divination, for what that's worth) Rich people do not/cannot exist without the comparatively poor people who make them rich, both pragmatically and also conceptually as a matter of contrast/relativity. It's a really simple, basic, almost abstract idea, but it's undeniably true. How much do they owe the poor who allow/make/cause them to be rich? That's a very subjective matter.