I can rationally assume this is a "shit was so cash" type deal, but I'm going to be irrational and assume we're being honest here - so I'd appreciate to know what exactly it is you do, and how you attained it. Perhaps I could even benefit!
I can't speak for the commies, as I'm not a commie, but for me there were a few factors over time. Chronologically, we can start with the Bush admin - watching draconian bullshit like the Patriot Act put out was pretty unsettling. Meanwhile, I was 12 and reading the progressive populist literature - I was telling everyone around me about how the they had given themselves legal authorization to wiretap anyone they wanted. I think people sort of dismissed it when I said it - I was 12 and for what I got right, I got a lot wrong - but of course several months later the New York Times published their famous article on it. And didn't cover the half of it, but that's beside the point. Obviously, the insane surveillance put into place by that administration (and continuing to this day) is kind of the tip of the iceberg with regards to the stuff they did, but it didn't endear me.
Then, the recession. As it happened, I was just coming to the early end of working age in 2007/'08. People were losing jobs. Over time, houses. It was when I started applying for work, thinking I'd get a summer job. No one called me back until 2013, when I started applying again after giving up for a year.
When I turned 18 and graduated high school, my white collar folks proposed something - job, college, or out. When I was 17, I'd read about how college could be a bad investment if you weren't ready, and could leave you with a lot of debts. I was reluctant.
I ended up in art school, which was somehow a compromise because in spite of the ridiculous expense it was at least something I thought I would be good at since I was interested in it. I made sure to pick advertising, since that was a profitable field. When people say art school is hard, they aren't joking - it's an extraordinarily exact discipline. With no previous art education, no friends to help me with projects, I dropped out in less than a year to prevent being kicked out.
After moving out, and living rent-free off my pretty face for about a year, I finally got a job, paid entirely in tips. It turned out what the place was doing was actually illegal wage theft. If I'm not mistaken, they're still doing it. But it was still better, more honest work than when I went into retail.
By this point I was disappointed in Obama (but mainly for continuation of Bush's policies - an aspect which I would still probably apologize for to this day if pressed, which is actually part of the problem), but had previously stopped calling myself a socialist - rightfully, since my early flirtation with socialism was when I knew next to nothing about it and was just mostly anti-consumerist. Anyway, I eventually left my first job, because I thought I had a lead. I didn't. Another year of the runaround, before I got a retail job in 2015.
Eager to please, I stupidly didn't even take the breaks. I think for the first month they just assumed I wasn't marking them down. I was working 10 hour shifts, non-stop - and the total time taken after preparation and commute would have been close to 12. For $8.00 an hour - the 2015 equivalent to roughly $2.75 in 1980. A few bucks above min. wage in 2015 - but 35 cents below the minimum wage in 1980 after inflation.
After a few months of this job, during which I saw numerous people come and go due to the fire-happy boss and hostile work environment, I was eventually fired because the boss tried to call me after closing thinking I'd left early and my phone was dead. I came in the next day, not even knowing.
I got a much nicer retail job later that year, but it was seasonal. The manager was sympathetic, but most people I'd applied with wouldn't consider me - I either had a nearly-empty resume or I had one job that I was fired from. They were impressed with overachieving skills I'd picked up working under psychopaths, and perhaps I could still be doing retail today had I endeavored to join their parent company.