Income inequality is a natural byproduct of capitalism. Even removing all corruption and "crowding out" from the economic equation, there is still a significantly higher rate of inequality when operating under capitalism than a free market-government hybrid. Yes, there are many factors that contribute to economic hardship among the poor, but pretending that capitalism is simply based off of individual entrepreneurship is simply not true. Capitalism is derived from a market system in which wealth cannot trickle down to a select group of people with no economic opportunities. Cronyism and social programs are not solely to blame for income inequality.