Why do working people go against their own class interests?

I was asked this question but did not know how to answer it. i posed these possibilities: I suspect there is a combination of things at work. Discourses of consumerism, meritocracy, anti socialism and possessive individualism combine with the fear of not having or losing the ability to have. Media promote capitalist, conservative based approaches and demonize alternatives while claiming to be balanced. Individual greed must play a role as does a lack of imagination and historical perspective. Lastly, a short life span makes people want to get it while they can and to hell with any legacy for their kids. Others?

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I am an anthropologist and Associate Professor who loves to play guitar and comment on social injustice in whatever form it may take
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