Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Case for a Two Class Solution


In most of human history, there were the rulers and the ruled. Very few of the rulers were elected. Most of them clubbed their way to power and eventually some had the luxury of passing on their position to their heirs. That's the historic norm. The rise of a middle class, while an aberration, was useful to the development of an industrial economy, since the possibility of social mobility kept the workers from becoming demoralized and unproductive. However, with the industrial age finished and globalization opening up vast new supplies of cheap labor in Asia and Africa, there is no longer any further need to appease the working class, or to allow a middle class.

Throughout the ages, middle classes have supplied the base for bloody political revolutions which disrupted the ruling order in places as disparate as the United States, France, Russia, China, Iran and much of South America. Working people, when kept sufficiently poor, are too busy with survival to create such problems for the ruling class, so social stability and tranquility can flourish.

People are now living well past their economic usefulness in the western industrialized world, and creating a drain on the society's resources. Furthermore, the wasteful lifestyles of the middle class in the US are ecologically unsustainable over the long haul, and if used as the model for the world's developing economies, will prove even more catastrophic. Extravagant and wasteful lifestyles must be newly confined to the few if the planet is to survive. There still is a possibility of refining and improving the lifestyle of the rich, but only if the middle class is suppressed. We can all see that poor servants are better and more obedient servants, as well as being more aesthetically pleasing when hungry than when over-fed.

Some positive steps have already been taken. Higher education has been put out of reach for most of the working class and much of the middle class. Over-educating the working class can only lead to trouble. They can be trained less expensively by their employers and unnecessary education occasionally risks leading to independent thinking, the proprietary domain of the ruling class.

The United States of America has developed an almost perfect health care system from a Social Darwinian point of view. Young and healthy workers are kept in top condition by a highly profitable health insurance industry, assuring minimal loss of production. The captains of industry and the political leadership are kept in vibrant good health well into their 80's and 90's by the world's best doctors, using cutting edge technology. When workers pass the age of economic productivity, suffer major health problems, or they are no longer employed for one reason or another, the care that kept them fit to produce, cuts out immediately and they are allowed to depart the ranks of the unproductive 47% sooner, rather than later. It's obvious that Obamacare must not be allowed to interfere with this ingenious system.

Just as sick old cats resist being put into their carriers for their final trip to the vet, all living creatures, even human beings, resist making that sacrifice for the common economic good. Nevertheless, more drastic steps must be taken if the economy is to flourish. Some of us anti-social rebels have resisted by moving to more sentimental cultures, where unproductive old people are irrationally kept in relatively good health. While this puts an unconscionable burden on the host nation's economy, we haven't yet detected a major negative impact on the lifestyles of the nation's elite. We must be missing something.

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