Individualism, poverty, and personal responsibility
As if somehow “getting some dirt under your fingernails” is going to show you the real problems: the state.
I don’t think that’s going to persuade anybody that the cause of all the world’s problem is the state. But … I respect people who are on the front lines of the war on poverty, whether or not I agree with them. The dirt under the fingernails won’t bring some abstract enlightenment—but maybe it will bring enough credibility to get somebody to take your insistence that the state is the cause of all the world’s problems more seriously.