Not sure I agree with this. The US wasn’t always “rich” or “wealthy”. For much of its history, life here for the first couple of hundred years was difficult and challenging with few to none social programs to protect citizens against the vagaries of life and the economy. Nor have we reached a Nirvana like state and for many, life is a daily struggle. Some might say that struggle is the source of much of our innovation - build a better mouse trap and the world will beat a path to your door. This may be true as far as it goes but you can only invent so many mousetraps.Or are you hinting at the fact that poor, rural people are unlikely to develop a great economy and Russians were particularly resistant to Westernizing? This is kind of a catch 22. Unless a nation is wealthy, capitalism isn't going to be attractive to the people. I sat at the dinner table with a family that had too many children to feed. One did not want to be late for dinner or too polite because that would mean going hungry. I see that as a capitalist family. However, in another poor family, the person who cooked and served the meal portioned it out equitably, and that would be communism.
The west has a bad history of slavery and child labor. It did not get its wealth with strong human values.
Rural economies based on farming tend to move to different rhythms that are tied to more or less immutable timetables based on seasonal planting that do not lend itself to any forms of “speeding up”. The kinds of innovation that have changed the modern world have come mostly from cities which have been the crucible of new ideas in a society that rewards practical innovation. That, and a government that has traditionally supported and rewarded new ideas. It has helped a great deal for the US to have been the world’s default asylum for those around the world who have felt oppressed in their home countries, but it has never been particularly easy for immigrants here. The streets have never been paved with gold, but the gold is there for those who worked hard enough to find it.
I would love to be able to say that everything here is sunny and wonderful; it isn’t, but the rewards for those who take initiative and who are willing to build a future, are there.