?Eat the Rich
? represents standing up to those in power and holding them accountable on behalf of the less fortunate. The phrase is attributed to philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau: "When the people
shall have nothing more to eat, they will eat the rich
". It is used in radical
and anti-capitalist circles, gaining wider traction at the beginning of the 21st century in response to increasing income inequality. Today, "Eat the Rich
" is now a
rallying cry against an overly capitalistic economy
that encourages the rich to become richer while the poor starve.