You continue the cycle by choosing to support someone else. The rich get richer, and the people with hundreds of followers on Medium get more followers more easily.
It occurred to me that a corollary to this is also true:
You continue the cycle by choosing not to support someone else. The poor get poorer and the people without hundreds of followers on Medium get no more followers more easily.
When I look at it this way, my philanthropic side wants to like more Medium stories (to give contributors more voice) and contribute even more to help break the poverty cycles (to give people a fighting chance).
Who would of thought that Medium is a microcosm of real life economy?