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THE CLASSES OF U.S.

CITIZENSHIP

class
Land and Business Owners

first

The founding fathers who signed the Declaration of Independence were wealthy land owners who also owned slaves. It was assumed that the term “inalienable right” applied exclusively to those who controlled slaves, indentured servants, and women; arguably those who had little time or independence to pursue life, liberty, or happiness. The working class at that time were called “Freemen” who earned freedom from indentured servitude. Having been released from being owned, and with little education, the freemen had little alternative but to join the military. The swollen ranks of freemen in the military almost became unmanageable until they were culled in the Revolutionary War.

class
Investors Merchants

SECOND

Are hired by the wealthy land owner, or they purchase from the land owner, resources to produce and sell products for a properly functioning society. Price controls on resources prevented second class citizens from gaining wealth enough to purchase land of their own, until the Industrial Revolution when the costs of production were reduced because of automation. Copyright laws and Patent regulations only allowed the first few major manufacturers to maintain control over the means of production. Innovation on a grand scale occurs only about once in a generation that allows just a few more people to become extraordinarily wealthy, and a whole lot of other people to become poorer.

class
Workers, etc.

THIRD

Workers, when they can get work, earn only enough to survive if they share their income with one or more persons. Legend has it that the family had one “bread-winner” while a spouse dutifully supervised the rearing and education of the children. Today, since both parents must work to make ends meet, they must leave their children unsupervised for long periods. Many poor young men have little choice but to join the military for survival. When the military becomes overpopulated and costly, wars are started by first class citizens, to cull the herds of those below, and increase the wealth of second class weapons manufacturers and the first class owners of those industries.

The control of lower classes by higher classes is called a “chain of institutionalization.” The elite First Class controls print and electronic media, by enforcing patent laws that block competitors, they then make access to media outlets too expensive for the lower classes, and finally they create and reinforce artificial values and meanings which influence elections, popular trends, racism, religious discrimination, and purchasing on unsustainable credit. This is the definition of not a democracy, but an industrial plutocracy.

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