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Exposé: The Abolition of the Middle Class

Updated on August 1, 2016

Why class is no longer a series of greys, but a prominence of black and white

It's no surprise that the rising inequality in family income has created distress and even political turmoil. While the middle class were normally accounted for as an urbanised balance between the rich and the poor, we are seeing more and more of a rapport between the working and middle class as their situations become similar.

Stanford University stated that 65% of Americans in 1970 were considered to be among the middle class, which is a safe threshold leaving only a minority to be 'too' poor or 'too' rich. Recent studies show a decline of 21%, which inspires the question of where exactly these previous working class families have gone. While many feel this is a disparity as a result of 'making or breaking it' in effect, there's no doubt in most people's minds that the three-tiered society is slipping into two as most are considered to bear characteristics of the modern working class.

The 1% have a net worth that cannot even be articulated to a specified degree. More and more areas of America are being changed and renovated to accommodate such profit; leaving housing that's useless to the marginal complications of poverty as the working class cannot afford to live there. Such areas influence the education and living conditions of families who struggle to accumulate enough money to move away, thus creating a class divide and empowering the communities in both tiers to be more vigilant against the other.

The expansion of the radical tiers: statistics that display just how noticeably the middle class is declining.

Selling souls that aren't theirs to sell

Charles Koch elucidates that Bernie Sanders, unsuccessful Democratic nominee but still a hopeful in an implied coalition with the Green Party's Jill Stein, is just one crucial figure that recognises this issue.

Charles states that, 'the senator is upset with a political and economic system that is often rigged to help the privileged few at the expense of everyone else, particularly the least advantaged. He believes that we have a two-tiered society that increasingly dooms millions of our fellow citizens to lives of poverty and hopelessness.

This notion is worryingly credible, as it appears that the merging of the working and middle class all eludes to the conclusion where if you are not granted the privilege and the wealth of being firmly in the upper region, your chances are slim to none without the middle class safeguard. The rich and the poor have only become more distant thus making the gap an issue that needs to be addressed. The rise in Socialism has flooded the media with huge criticisms from the more conservative outlets, as families in the lower tier do not want the power to make a positive change in the hands of those who remain with the wealth and would not sacrifice it for anything. Hillary Clinton is an exemplary figure when cross examined for the amount of mandates and subsidies handed to the influential and prosperous companies of the nation. But the benefits are reaped only for those businesses who rely heavily on consistent Capitalism to impose this class gap, as it's the only way they can remain upscale with profit margins to be admired.

A mutually beneficial society is out of the question as more of our 'leaders' become corporate puppets, and even elements of our lives that were designed to protect have turned against us, as our criminal justice system scrutinises our offenders in desperate poverty, and yet sets feasible bail for those deemed more constructive in their net worth. If you were to research into the 100 most domineering economies on the planet, a slim majority will show corporations bear more power than whole countries.

The only way to address this problem, recover a sound middle class and work to educate the system that probes the poorest of our nation is to break the system down and start again.

We will not be represented by numerical figures forever.

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The slowest recovery to ever happen postwar has riddled America with alleged financial problems that cripples the poorest of society even more. A war that the poor didn't want, but the rich funded and have still managed to profit from. Public sector jobs were slashed in the thousands, healthcare became a grave concern as the lives of basic citizens became apologies and cutbacks on the news. But there wasn't even a clear beginning to this. You have the introduction of America's revolutionary new tax codes, that predominantly favoured investment, capital and profit makers. The noxious scrutiny of trade unions, and any other directions in which the ordinary worker had to run against his multi million dollar employers. The law entirely riding the waves created by those with cash; online scandals of a Stanford rapist getting menial time while the poorest in society are given years for theft of food or trying to maintain a living of some kind.

We are completely choking under the subliminal oppression by the wealthy, and it only shows how real this is when even a class topic is now a controversial element of politics to discuss.

Workers become replaceable to employers with naturally more money to throw away than them. As a result, wages are not moving up even though the cost of living is.

Bernie Sanders: controverial 'Democratic Socialist' that has worked to raise awareness of the faults in America's society, hell bent on class war and the triump

The basis of Capitalism for some is very simple and a logical aspect of American life. The 'every man for himself' outlook allows those who in theory, work harder than the rest, to reap the most rewards. As a result, this is why the working class and the upper class differ so much in wealth. However, this principle must remain lenient to be fair. Capitalism fails in its extremity where it ignores the natural greed of human beings. There is a lack of intervention where the wealthy need to be concerned, such as taxation. Wealth distribution becomes unstable as those who are born into poorer backgrounds are inherently more likely to remain that way while the richer families breed naturally more successful children as they have more resources.

If everyone were to act in their best interests, it only takes minutes to realise that the power to actually address these problems will always lie in the hands of those who don't want anything to change if they are on top. We need to stop listening to those who speak from their pockets, and debunk any sense of greed in the name of progression. They do not harbour all the power, and it's important that the working class realise that wealth is not the only weapon we can yield, but our voices and our numbers speak masses about what is happening too.

Neither side can win unless the other gives up, let us not live in a passive regime where we expect to be exploited. Fight back.

Class
Percentage of US Wealth
Working
11%
Middle
37%
Upper
52%
Lindert and Williamson, 2012.

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