This fall under the heading of trying really really really hard to spin some facts so they match your desired outcome. Hanson describes a number of situations where the real problem was the wealth and indolence of the "successful" in society. None of them faced a significant issue with redistribution of wealth. They all faced issues with an elite ruling class that felt their good fortune was deserved, while the less fortunate were somehow lesser humans. They also had a wealthy elite that was able to create a legal and political culture that kept them in power. Of particular amusement is his take on the late 18th century French. That and most other European revolutions were direct result of vast income and wealth disparities.