The 21st century will be UNLIKE other centuries. There will be enormous advancements in education, technology, & medical care. Such advancements will co$t money- & be prohibitive for the lower, working, lower middle, & even the solidly middle classes. Such classes will be increasingly marginalized in 21st century culture & society. These classes will sink deeper into either being the new lower class(lower middle & solidly middle) or face impoverishment(lower & working class). Such classes will be locked into poverty w/very little or no chance for advancement for themselves ,particularly their children. In the 21st century, there will be ONLY two classes: the UPPER & LOWER w/the MIDDLE being eradicated. The days when there is social mobility is gone. Those who are born in the lower socioeconomic classes will be permanently lower class, even being an underclass while those who are born wealthy will have the opportunities that wealth provides. Say goodbye to social mobility in the 21st century. Only those in the upper middle & upper classes will THRIVE in 2lst century America, if not the world.
You are forgetting the power of the human spirit. Nothing holds it down. Nothing except a lack of education, a lack of freedom and a lack of good will. In my opinion and observation, times are changing. We are becoming less concrete and more etheric, abstract and virtual. The kids are very light and hopeful compared to the previous generations. They easily access the world and network within it through technology. They are not as rebellious, they are not as heavy or down on the world as we were in the seventies, for instance. They are more hopeful and seem to understand that things are as good as you want them to be. Every generation tries to improve their world. And the world/society has improved if you look closely. You have to observe and work with those in the real world, not the the one portrayed in the media based on negative sensationalism.
Who knows, maybe those who become successful will feel more compassion for the poor and help them directly through mentoring them, helping to provide better eduction and offering employment opportunities. Humans are surprising and love is the fail-safe.
NAH, not a chance. This is the 21st century. If one is born poor, H/SHE is doomed, even damned into poverty. There is LESS social mobility than ever before. People who become educated & successful today were born into at the minimum, solidly middle class families. Those born into the lower middle class have an EXTREMELY SCANT chance of success, forget about those born into the lower classes. Those w/the GREATEST chances of success are THE UPPER MIDDLE & UPPER classes. It Is time to stop being fantastical. The reality is that social class is becoming less fluid, especially in this century. Affluent children will become affluent adults while poor children will become...POOR adults.
I think you're forgetting the millions of jobs that have been farmed out to foreign countries. Trump says he's going to bring them back; if he does we'll have those millions of jobs available once more. There DOES come a point when machinery (automation) is more expensive than labor, and even the best machinery requires a mechanic.
That isn't going to occur. Technology will become more advanced than ever. Jobs that humans can do will become fully automated. Those w/o an specialized, advanced skill set a/k/a computerized technology will be the new poor. Even lower level white collar jobs are being downsized or phased out. If one doesn't have a specialized skill set-being computer savvy at an advanced or have an advanced degree that is relevant to postmodern society & culture, h/she will be marginalized in this society. Those who have either the specialized education &/or skill set will be the upper middle & upper classes. The solidly middle class will be phased out-those with specialized, specific skills will merge into the upper middle, even upper classes while those who don't possess the aforementioned skills will merge into the lower classes. Welcome to the 21st century.
A year or so ago my daughter-in-law was explaining that my kind of work (blue collar) was being phased out and her type (white collar) was taking over in the US. That we were becoming a nation of information, not products. That as a result one must have a white collar job to survive here as the blue collar was going overseas.
Within two weeks she was training here replacement...in Korea. She now works for someone else.
We either bring our jobs back and accept the higher prices or ALL classes will disappear. Welcome to reality.
If Trump can contribute toward that, Yay Trump!
We'll see, won't we? The concept that we can buy whatever we want from other countries, forever, isn't going to work for much longer.
There is a powerful current no one can swim in. It is a huge force of illusion and delusion.
And, no matter how much we wish otherwise, Trump is also powerless against it, and is probably even contributing toward it.
I'll be over here wading on the shore, watching the waves crash and the currents push wherever they want to go.
I haven't completed any research as yet nor do I have answers, Grace. However, I would like to raise these questions?
Are there any history buffs out there who are versed in civilizations that experienced a great divide in classes together with what the range of causing factors were? ( maybe then if we do the opposite we can overcome this situation?)
For all those then that fall out of the upper wealthy class, what could be our own currency?( In the past herbs, spices, conch shells and salt was our form of money)
Do we NOW need to become entrepreneurs, that is self employed? (So that we dont need to work for the upper wealthy and become their human robotic slaves)
There wil be MORE of us falling out of the class of upper wealthy. It is said, that there is mass survelliance via the BAE cyber software system. What if we threw our phones away, went off grid and rejected biometrics en masse?
Is there anyone here that plays with virtual reality in creating new worlds? Have you extrapolated our world scenario yet? If you have, do you have any tips or advice for us now?
I think we just have to remind ourselves there is more of us than the upper wealthy class. So we should have the upper hand if handled strategically. What do you say?
Although there are more poor people than wealthy, they are....POWERLESS. It isn't numbers that convey power, it is money & influence. The wealthy have POWER & INFLUENCE, thus they call the societal shots. Poor people are powerless & disposable.
To reiterate, co$ts are rising for things such as education, housing, food, & medical care. It is difficult for even the solidly middle class to live decently, let alone the lower classes. With the increasing prohibitive cost of education, housing, food, & medical care, the lower classes(underclass, solidly lower, working, & lower middle classes) will be LOCKED OUT the decent life. They will subsist at a more primitive level. They will even regress to the animalistic level akin to the early Dark Ages & to the concentration camp system. I suggest you read Eugen Kogen's The Theory & Practice of Hell which aptly describe the concentration camp system.
I will even go as far to state that the lives of the lower classes will be synonymous to Dante's Inferno, describing the conditions of lower hell. There will be no respite for the lower socioeconomic classes. They are DAMNED in the early Christian &/or fundamentalist Christian sense of the word. The poor presently are viewed as unintelligent, even stupid. People know that such people are poor because of their unwise decisions. They don't think, they act INSTINCTIVELY. Look at the poor around you. It's disgusting how stupid they act. It seems that they are HAPPY, even CONTENT being impoverished. If they weren't, they WOULDN'T BE POOR.
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