I feel like there is a lot of focus on making everyone equal today. This isn’t a new thing, but the method of execution has changed. I want to touch briefly on the past, present, and why I think things are a mess. I then want to talk about a better way to understand class divisions.
In the period of around 100 years, the general thinking about creating a more equal society has hinged on communism and syndicalism. There are other methods that have been discussed, but these are the most popular in most of the reading I have done.
In the last few years, these topics have become more acceptable in some circles. Communism and syndicalism aren’t the topics I think are the most interesting though when looking at the politics of today.
Social Justice is the New Cool
To understand social justice through the lens of the economy, you have to understand a bit about communism and the writings that go along with it. Communism at its genesis focused a lot on the proletariat and the bourgeoisie as the main classes for the point of their discussion.
Social justice focuses on identity divisions as the catalyst for how groups should push for change in society. The focus is on whoever is the most disadvantaged in society having the greatest help from society.
Social justice completely ignores money as a class division and focuses entirely on intrinsic identity in most cases.
I honestly am not sure how raising up a whole collective group while ignoring all economic realities will resolve economic realities that are unfavorable.
Without going further into everything with social justice, I think looking at identity as the deciding factor on if someone should have societies pity will just be harmful for that person. How does pitying someone or listening to them help them in the context of their economic struggle?
Communism and the Real Divisions Between Classes
- Lives entirely off of proceeds from renting out capital
- Entire income is based on what they have versus what they do
- Can exert extreme pressure on politicians and under our system can cause immense harm
- The capitalist is the .1% that is referred to today
- Unique contributor
- Paid huge sums for labor
- May be in capitalist class but either has boundless wants or desires direct power
- The unique contributor is the 1%
- High-end Professional
- Is collecting capital at a slow pace, plans on using it for retirement
- If using money extravagantly, may lack and exit strategy or a way to retire
- Is different than the 1%, but has a lot in common with them in many cases
- Paid enough to not have to worry about surviving
- Retirement or any kind of an exit strategy is difficult for this class of person
- Squarely is the 99% but desires either getting to the 1% or knocking down the 1% a peg or two
- Confusing gap which is 99% of the problem
- Working class
- Loss of employment may result in extreme hardship
- Struggles to look past tomorrow due to difficulties that are inherent to this life
- Just wants to get ahead and is obviously the 99% and doesn’t aspire to be the ultra rich
- Some evidence says some of this group wants to see the 1% fail, but often times that is not the case
- Scrape by in various ways
- Extremely low costs is one way to survive here
- Illegal activity is another way to survive here
- This is the group that people see as receiving welfare and committing crime
- Scrape by in various ways