That phrase was written by a person who has lived their entire carefree life under a democratic government, where every conceivable product and service was readily available in a free exchange with limited government interference. However the writer has been exposed from kindergarten till graduate school to teachers and professors who are quasi-socialist and adore at least two of the following people: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, and Vladimir Lenin.
Those professors wept when Soviet Union broke apart, refused to believe in the Gulag system, think entrepreneurs are vile and as is limited government and they look forward to the day that their western countries would embrace socialism and then communism since they will get it right this time. They contribute towards actualizing Karl Marx's dream, by indoctrinating pupils with systematically structuring lessons to show that
- unless the government controls the means of production and
distribution of all goods and services, then strong greedy people
will enslave the weaker people;
- everyone who is not a minority has a family tree full of rapists,
slave owners, and evil exploiters and it's their job to live a life of
paying reparations for their sins.
They don't use words such as proletariat, since the class struggle won't start a revolution, so instead they divide society in a different manner. The bad guys are no longer just the priests and the wealthy, but they now include: bigots, racists, colonisers, exploiters, conservatives, Christians, Caucasians, males, CEOs, profit seekers, and polluters who are all lumped together as capitalist oppressors.
The good people, the kids in all Western countries are taught, are no longer the workers and the farmers (farmers are evil polluters of land), but today the new proletariat are vegetarians, people of color (everyone not white/Caucasian), proud indigenous people (no Caucasian is indigenous since they stole the land from proud natives, even in Ireland or Ukraine), gays, Muslims, environmentally conscious, atheists (some) and in general people on the fringes of society who got exploited by the previous group.
After 12-16 years of hearing this every single day, a lot of Westerners start believing this narrative wholeheartedly. And one of these individuals is the author you are quoting.
The author, expecting to experience a show from a proper 'underground photographer' in a former Soviet Block country, was expecting some seedy basement, where a password was needed to get passed a beefy guard through a hidden door behind a vegetarian bar, down a flight of stairs.
In a corner a blind elderly black man woefully beats a homemade drum and the light are low. In another corner a transgender person with Trotsky's beard, yet with female curves, is passionately reading from some typed papers about the need to return back to the days of communism, to enthusiastic claps of approval. Nothing is sold, but donations are accepted for new boots for Chechen freedom fighters and similar causes.
Instead the author likely found a bright gallery, with the latest techno mixes spun on a futuristic mixing board, a few females are gyrating possibly in g-strings and bra which comes off later. Knowing how such events look in former Soviet Countries, it's usually loud, with lots of brand name booze, sponsorships from Heineken, Sky Vodka and every other corporation that was willing to pay.
The photographer is dressed in expensive brand name clothes. The whole scene looks an imitation of everything capitalist, racist and homophobic found in the west, but transplanted to Ukraine, where just two decades ago, everyone lived as brothers, listening to The Internationale and now corrupt.
Since the author hates what's in front of their eyes, they pulled out the one word that's been drilled into them. Vile capitalists have done it again, corrupting everything pure. So the author wrote that piece and returned to browsing for some US$50/pound fair-trade coffee hand picked by some hard working indigenous tribe, on their iPad while eating a recycled blueberry muffin top while sneering at the evil capitalism around them.
This is a short YouTube video that gives you an idea of the type of person who likely to write the statement you asked about.