Are we living in a class society or a caste society?
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Inequality is everywhere you look.
There is race discrimination, gender discrimination, nationality discrimination, sexuality discrimination, age discrimination, and religious discrimination everywhere. There’s even discrimination discrimination, where people are discriminated against depending on who they themselves discriminate. These are all very real. But, in my opinion, these are all sub-categories under the umbrella of the ultimate inequality tool: class discrimination.
Let’s just look at one of the highest employment positions of the UK: Prime Minister. How many Prime Ministers came from wealthy backgrounds and studied at OxBridge? Answer: all of ’em. So let’s have a look at my situation. I was born into a coal-mining/steel-working family. I studied hard and got decent grades despite living on the breadline. I wanted to go to university, so I got a job at a popular DIY chain and worked there for a year before getting a place at Sheffield Hallam University, where I studied hard…
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– which is why they are so easily deceived by the upper classes.
When you are a working class person, especially a woman, you grow up knowing that the social class above you views you as garbage. They view you as stupid, until you rub their noses in it, then they hate you. They don’t view you as like themselves. They equate working class with criminal class and ignore the majority who are moral and decent and hard working.
But the middle class have an in-built sense of their own superiority. This is confirmed by other middle class people and they make the mistake of thinking everyone shares their world view.
When they interact with upper class people they are under the delusion that they will get the respect they think is due them on the basis of being middle class. What they don’t realise is that upper class people commonly view EVERYONE not of their class as garbage. So middle class are easy dupes.
Working class people are harder to con because all their “superiors” have generally treated them with undisguised contempt.
No doubt you will have been irked at some time by some smug git coming out with the generalisation “that all white people are racist” or “all men are sexist”. Calm down. That is just distraction politics, divide and rule, pressing your buttons to make your emotions sabotage your thought process. Because there is one -ism “to rule them all and bind them” a real -ism which we all are guilty of, the foundation for every type of prejudice, the big one which those in charge don’t want people to think about, so they invest a lot of effort in throwing red herrings about – and that is CLASSISM.
Yes, we are all classist. From the upper echelon who feel robbed if offered less than a 6-figure salary and a platinum pension, down to the homeless person on the street who feels worthless and defers to people, everybody rates as more important than he is. The Master Race have thoroughly penetrated our world view and got everyone totally brainwashed into believing and acting as if some people are more valuable than others – not because they are more skilled, or more intelligent, or more moral than others, but simply accident of birth. And having successfully pulled off this con artist trick, help themselves to greater rewards and privileges which they casually but systematically deny to others.
And our most pernicious error, and it is widespread is to ascribe characteristics of credibility and honesty to our “superiors” while ascribing the qualities of dishonesty and criminality to the poor. The fact is white collar crime is the major venue for thievery in society, not the petty crimes of the poor. Yet the middle class, as a class, are not tarnished as thieves.
Yes, we are all guilty. We all make our individual contribution to the unequal social value applied to different people, even against our own interests. Women have a cheek accusing men of universal sexism, when they universally grovel and defer to men, and consistently support male interests at the expense of their own.
The lower classes with some justification despise those of higher rank, yet on a trip to London feel lucky and privileged if they catch a glimpse of a member of the Royal Family or some other famous celebrity.
Members of many ethnic groups will happily throw around accusations “that all whites are racist” when many such men are sexist, classist, and strive to marry the woman with the whitest skin.
Everyone wants to marry “up” not down. Everyone wants to marry wealth, not poverty, even when that wealth was acquired by morally dubious methods, when the poverty was honestly earned. The upper class bitch with the personality from hell gets a good husband, while the poor good woman has her choice of the badduns others rejected.
The school teacher favours the children of the middle class and views with suspicion the child of an honest electrician. And everyone grovels to the child of the celebrity – even the headmaster.
I could go on, but I think you have caught my drift. We are all guilty of CLASSISM. It not only penetrates every interaction in society, it is hard-wired into our brains, and yes, without being conscious of it, we reinforce it with our thoughts and especially our actions.
Oddly, or perhaps not oddly, Jesus Christ gave us the antidote to this pervasive sickness and social self-damage. Love other people as yourself. Care for the poor, the weak and vulnerable. Help others, do not exploit them. Be humble and have compassion. Do not defer to the wealthy clothes but look at the person. Value each person at their worth. Do not seek to raise yourself above others, nor push others beneath you. The great man is not great in God’s eyes.
In other words, political correctness is a sham.
Political correctness is supposed to create parity between all people in society. All the -isms (bar one, and this is most significant) are show-cased. Racism – the biggy. An -ism that never before existed cleverly tacked on to racism, which has no name but might as well be called culturism. Which means you can now be called a racist if you disagree with the mutilation of the sexual organs of infant girls; child slave marriage; arbitrary execution of female relatives on the whim of male relatives; and chopping up the bodies of children and throwing them in the river to bribe the gods to give you wealth and power.
A few standard -isms are added to make the picture look credible. Sexism, and desperately casting around for another heretofore neglected group, dis-ableism.
Now everybody feels good, everything is hunky-dory, right?
Well, no, actually. The police racing out to a house to remove a golliwog from a window, or stamping into a school to give a schoolchild a label of racist for using naughty language (perhaps the child was red-haired, but that doesn’t count) does not seem to have reduced the disproportionate stop-and-search of people of colour; has not increased removal of drug-dealers and gang members out of ethnic areas; has not improved the response to women and girls frightened of being kidnapped and killed by male relatives in ALL communities. Nor increased the protection of the physically or mentally disabled being harassed in their own homes.
Underneath the glitzy wrapping paper, nothing has changed. Blacks, coloured and ethnics are still discriminated against and mis-treated. Women, of all social groups are still abused, stalked, threatened, raped, forced into prostitution, kidnapped tortured and killed. The disabled are still mocked, exploited and attacked.
But most significant of all are the two major groups NOT covered by political correctness, who by implication are not discriminated against and so therefore do not need special protection. The main one is the working class and the other is the elderly, a group we will all belong to one day if we live long enough.
So our designers of social equality failed to notice classism, and overlooked the major group in society who are discriminated against, especially working class women. The largest discriminated social class group, who are arbitrarily dissed, just like blacks and ethnics, their qualifications discounted when they apply for jobs, blocked for promotion, confined to menial occupations and treated as criminals.
Likewise the elderly, entering into the frequent ill-health and vulnerability of the later years are ignored.
So what has political correctness done for everyone? Little. It has ignored two major sectors of society who are subject to disadvantage. And the show-cased groups are still disadvantaged and discriminated against, but that is now concealed under a veneer of blue lights flashing to remove toys from windows and criminalise children for being children.
The establishment is playing its old-game, re-packaged. Maintain the status quo at all costs, divide and rule, dramatically deal with problems that don’t exist, while ignoring long-standing ones which do, and constantly wiggle the situation so they can never be called to account.
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My parents were working class. My father, born in rural Northern Ireland in 1905, finished school aged 14, then worked at a number of jobs acquiring skills as he went, until he finally went to night classes and passed his radio exams and became a Radio Officer in the Merchant Navy. By which stage he could do plumbing, brick laying, tiling, plastering, wiring, and some mechanics. Basically he was a mechanical and electrical genius. If it was a machine or used electricity he could fix it.
My mother’s background was mixed. Her father was a brick-layer, and had also been a policeman. But her mother came from an upper middle class family, where the daughters had been disinherited, and therefore de-statused by their brothers, a not uncommon occurrence in the 19th century. She was one of the most intelligent people I have ever met, coldly analytic, never overlooking a detail. She became a Head Librarian.
I was raised in the countryside. We had few relatives, as my mother’s family lived in Australia and my father, marrying late, many of his relatives had already died. So I was raised in near social isolation, and grew up with no awareness of social class. Nor was I taught to have any. My parents view was life, and your status, was what you made it. Get educated, work hard, and employers recognising your merit would promote you. A naive view that I entirely believed. But a view I soon found was not shared by the peasant (anthropological term) culture, that I lived in. Not having any recognition of social class distinctions I accepted people as I found them. I liked people who were intelligent and creative, who were interested in doing things and thinking things. And this was the basis on which I accorded other people respect. But peasant society’s do not work like that. People are accorded respect according to their birth, the status of their parents. You are supposed to grovel to the higher-ups and you can treat as you like anyone you perceive as being lower-status to yourself. If you are perceived as lower rank, but have higher ability, you will be shunned and treated as an “upstart”, someone with views ” above their station”. So, I didn’t get on with Irish culture, to say the least. I had arrived at the conclusion that the entire human race were witless ass-holes by the age of 30, when I moved to England for work, and discovered everyone was not the same.
I had rejected the peasant model of rigid social class stratification, but I still held the view that social status was something that you worked for and could achieve. I still lacked any sense of class identity both in myself and others. You know the expression “colour blind”. Well, I was class blind. I still accepted people as I found them, without prejudice but having a preference for associating with intelligent, creative and active people. I had had an excellent Northern Irish education – alongwith the Scots, the Nth Irish working class placed a high value on education, and I supposed now I was living somewhere where I could find work, it would be onwards and upwards from hereon in.
Perhaps it does work that way for men. But I soon found out working in offices that just because I had no awareness, nor interest in anyone else’s supposed social class, only being concerned with getting the job done in as harmonious way as possible, for other people social class was a major preoccupation. A bit like race, but without the colour. And apparently, both my parents being honest working people all their lives, well-read and well- educated, meant that I was somehow inferior to the daughters of the shop assistant’s, whose qualifications were inferior to mine, that I was working with. It soon became clear that my role in the office setting, on the lowest grade, was to be the office donkey. That neither my qualifications nor hard-work were ever going to gain me a promotion over the middle-class wives. When I found other well-qualified, experienced working class women, running offices virtually on their own, on the point of retirement, and still on the lowest clerical grade, I realised I was wasting my time. I moved out of office work to become a postman, with a large increase in pay, a pension, good holidays, a fair work distribution, and after dealing with neurotic, obsessed, narrow-minded bitchy women, dealing with sexism from the men was child’s play.
But I digress. I was starting to learn about social class. That no-one is going to support meritocracy, except for themselves. That everyone’s fall-back position when faced with anyone with higher ability but lower status, is to pull rank. And the barriers go up alongwith all the ammunition, that we, the middle class are the sole owners of law-abiding ness, morality, sanity, decency, and a work ethic, and if you are lower class and present with qualifications and good work you must be a fraud, as you belong to the work-shy, skiving, criminal classes, who need to be kept out of middle-class venues for middle class protection.
As an aside I have to add that it is more than a tad irritating being treated as a criminal by the society you live in when you are not one. As I am not a criminal I would never lift my hand against these people, but after a lifetime of gratuitous abuse if, or when, they all go down in flames, I will not feel one iota of concern. Humanity has lost my good will.
I was slow to learn, but classism was not a one-off invention for my benefit. I have been surrounded by honest, hard-working, law-abiding, enterprising, working class people my entire life. They are the antithesis of the criminal classes. Everything they have, they worked hard for. And those that succeeded mainly did so by avoiding social structures controlled by the middle classes. They either were promoted on the basis of merit in working-class settings, either factory work or became self-employed and ran their own businesses. And I am talking about success by any standards. People reaching top management positions, people building up businesses worth millions.
So much is self-evident. What is not obvious is what I discovered last year after being subjected to bizarre behaviour from a relative. Totally baffled, I enquired on Wiki what the behaviour meant and they told me it was “gaslighting” a term I had never heard of. When I researched “gaslighting” I found ” gang stalking” which described the kind of events that had been happening to me since attending Ulster University ( Coleraine campus) in the 1970s, and ever since.
And a startling pattern became clear. Working class and ethnic people associated with me – people who had made good, mainly by building up businesses so they had substantial assets, had been stripped of their resources – conned or swindled out of their savings, houses or businesses.
The only conclusion I can arrive at is meritocracy is a sham to disguise the fact that our class system is in fact a rigid caste system, where those in charge fully embrace the peasant culture ideology that people must be confined to the social class they were born to and any who dare to lift themselves from the gutter are fair game to have the proceeds of their work stripped from them and pushed back into the gutter where they belong. That the ruling class view everyone not ruling class as slaves, who are expected to work for nothing, accept any and every abuse, and all that belongs to us, belongs to them, that they can help themselves to at their leisure.