THE FOUR SOCIAL CLASSES
By Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© March 2016, L. D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
There are various ways to describe the classes of people in any society. Here is a simple and quite accurate method. It involves four social classes:
1. The rich, the elites, the rulers, the aristocracy, or the establishment. This is a small class of people in most societies. They have most of the wealth. They control most of the large businesses, the media, and the government.
Parasites. That is, they do not earn money the way the other classes of people earn money with their labor and their brainpower. The elites support each other and have learned how to cheat the government and cheat other people out of their money.
Sloppy and immoral. The elite or establishment in most cultures are unclean, uncouth, unscrupulous, dishonest and live filthy lives. They visit prostitutes, often, and engage in drinking, drug use, gambling and other vices.
2. The middle class. These are the pillar of most societies, although they are often not given credit for it. They are the entrepreneurs, business owners or workers at many companies. They are also the “professionals”, which means the attorneys, accountants, doctors, nurses and other professionals.
Family people. They are also family men and women who take the time and trouble to marry and raise wholesome families, as best they can. They are also the most moral and grounded and centered group in any society. This is very important and stabilizes a society.
This group has some money, often own a home, and have some political influence through the voting process. However, their votes are often overridden by the wishes and whims of the elites, who know how to rig the elections, rig the referenda, and in other ways negate the wishes and will of the people.
3. The poor. This is a large class of people in many societies. They are distinguished by their lack of financial resources. Usually, they do not own property, and instead rent their homes or apartments. They usually sell their labor rather than develop their brainpower to earn a good living.
The poor have political power at the voting booth. However, like the middle class, their wishes are often overridden by the elites. The latter secretly control the media and often the voting process and the legislatures and judicial branches of government through bribes, threats, rapes and other tactics.
4. The dependent class. These are all the people who are on government welfare programs. The Democratic party in America has swelled this class of people greatly in the past 8 years by making welfare programs easy to join, and by destroying jobs, although they claim the opposite.
Marginal workers. This class of people are marginal workers, meaning they have trouble finding and holding jobs. Some are homeless, and some have physical or mental disabilities that make it difficult for them to hold a job and own a home. For example, some are schizophrenic and just do not function well in society.
Some are also just lazy and don’t want to work. They learn how to take advantage of the welfare system and become professional “moochers” off the welfare system.
WHY ARE THESE CLASSES IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND?
An important reason is that one can judge the health of a society from the numbers of people who are in each of the above social classes. For example:
1. The larger the wealthy parasitic class, the poorer will be the rest of society. This is because this class of people live off the others, and do so lavishly. So ideally, this class should be very small and therefore have less influence. This was true of America, but is changing somewhat.
2. The larger the middle class, the more productive, happy and sane will be the society. America has one of the largest middle classes of any nation, which is a good sign. Many Latin American nations, for example, have almost no middle class. Either people are very rich, or they are poor or dependent.
3. The more poor people there are, the less stable is the society. This is because the poor do not own property and therefore have less stake in the society. They may easily be moved to rebel, to go on strike, to elect a dictator, and in other ways, as well, to destabilize society.
4. The more people are in the dependent class, the more wretched and poor is the society. Many Latin American nations, for example, have large “underclasses” of people, such as those who live in the slums of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and parts of the Distrito Federal in Mexico.
5. Government policy. When examining a government policy proposal, such as a reform of welfare, healthcare, or anything else, it is important to consider if it will grow or diminish each of the social classes.
Most government programs, for example, grow the dependent class and grow the elites or establishment who are hired to run the program. In contrast, a more hands-off, low-tax policy generally benefits the middle class. They prefer to work hard and are quite capable of handling their own education, health care and welfare needs.
These are just a few reasons to know about the four social classes.