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Middle Class mystery uncovered

The term Middle Class is not new. Aristotle stated in “Politics”: “The Middle Class in the City-States is the surest foundation for a stable and good social organization of the city.  The governance of the city will invariably be good if the middle class enjoys preponderance over the two other extreme classes of the lower and higher classes. It is best that the middle class dominates both of the other classes, at least totally one of them.

A city governed by the lower class (the poor and uneducated) will quickly verges on demagoguery. A city governed by the higher class is tantamount to establishing a despotic  oligarchy. The Middle Class tends not to be exposed to extreme radical policies for change, and seeks stability and continuity in the existing institutions…”

Even then, 400 years BC, the middle class political concept and perception was to supporting existing Law and Order category of citizens, who prefers to reform institutions gradually through fair representation of the majority of citizens (meaning the middle class hegemony in political transition of power,,,)

History accounts for periods of change reveals that when middle class allies to either the lower or the higher class reforms ensue. When the MC sides with the lower class, the revolution is short-lived, and the “hot-headed radicals” are countered, but important reforms follow to satisfy the virulent downtrodden.

When the MC rallies behind the higher class, the newer political order last much longer since the economy and the officers of the army were in the hands of the more educated and wealthier sections in society, and also serious reforms follow. Examples will be forthcoming in Part 2.

Even the “economical” subdivision among classes is political in nature. Economists select the two extreme tails of the Bell-Shaped graph of the earning of the citizens.  The economists select 20% of the population on the left tail and consider the range of their earning: These people are classified as lower classes citizens. The 20% on the right tail are labelled the higher class category. The in-between or 60% are named Middle Class.

Every social/political system, regardless of ideology, want 20% of the citizens to be of the “maintenance” type, those in charge of cleaning after the “working” people, the “hygiene engineers” and daily workers in the infrastructure and in factories…

Societies also want to reserve at most 20% of the citizens to be in control and command of the society: They are the politicians, the highest ranked n the public service, the high-ranked officers of the army and internal security, the corporate leaders, the financiers…all of them switching chairs and positions and responsibilities…and the more restrictive this class of elite the bigger the share of the pie in the country wealth.

The middle class is almost always divided into the lower Middle Class LMC and the upper Middle Class UMC. The LMC earn less than the median income, but higher than the lower class, and they are constituted of employees, low ranked public servants, technicians (with technical skills for maintaining the infrastructure), foremen, small family businesses… The UMC earn more than the median income, but lower than the Higher Class citizens, and they are constituted of high ranked public servants, professors of universities, private intelligentsia (lawyer, physicians, engineers…), supervisors in large corporations, managers, owners of medium enterprises.

In stable social-democratic societies with States strongly engaged in responding to the citizens needs and welfare, the Bell-Shaped curve is pretty flatter and the left tails a tad fatter, and the right tail pretty thinner: Citizens pay higher taxes on income so that the State may distribute the wealth to the remaining of the less privileged citizens.  The Middle class citizens are not that clustered within a tight range of income.

Do you know that 13% in the  US evaluate their wealth as belonging to the highest 1% richest? There is no contradiction in this feeling and it is pretty objective. People in rural regions for example who are wealthy enough to be considered the leaders of the community may feel pretty comfortable and comparable in local life-style to the wealthy urban rich people who are living in very inflated and expensive environment…How much money do you need to be recognized as a wealthy person? It is the community who decides and recognizes you as such…

In preemptive wars, wars not engaged to defend the borders against an invader, most of the soldiers and lower rank officers are from the lower middle class citizens. Actually, in serious economical downturns, imperial powers fabricate a reason for a preemptive war in order to reduce drastically the actual unemployment rate that might disturb peace, order and stability in the society…

Note: The US claims that no foreign individual was hoarded in the army in Iraq. They confirm that only those who had a Green Card (enjoying all civil rights except the voting right) were promised a passport after the engagement term, sort of advancing the period for eligibility to “earning an US passport”. In most cases, the terms of the contracts were extended several times, until death prevailed over the luxury of obtaining this cherished passport, which turns out to be a liability if you are visiting many foreign States. In any case, this claim can be easily investigated.

Beggars: Currency instituted mendicancy?

Since mankind shifted from a barter economy to dealing with currencies, societies turned steadily and consistently away from production to a specie of mendicants.

In the barter trade, every individual in the tribe, clan, women, men, and children had a special task to support the survival of the tribe.  Once a member is entirely incapacitated to be a productive entity in the order of the small community, or unable to get moving at a regular pace with the tribe to better seasonal greener pastures then, the member was relocated to a shady place near a source of water to tend to his peaceful death a “paradise for the old spirits“.

Most probably, a core of compassionate individuals delegated their services to aiding these old spirits as best they could.   They extracted from these elders oral stories of myths and traditional laws of conduct.

Transmitters of oral teaching and education are called “marabout” or “grios” in Africa:  They have been transmitting the oral spiritual traditions of communities around bonfires.

A few of them decided to institute religions, based on the captured myths told about the creation of the universe and what happen to the souls after death; until the written languages codified the sacred religious knowledge within the sacerdotal classes.

Currently, old people are still not that scared of death: Just fearing a state of lack of liquid currency, lest they are forced to beg to staying alive.

They are not afraid of dying of hunger:  Just apprehensive that no aides will come, unless they have to beg.

After years of toils and unconditional disposition to raise a family, sending them to universities, marrying their offspring, and distributing properties to their married children, old parents are dragging their arthritic feet as best they can and feeling ashamed to asking for small money.

I am witnessing a grandmother, wrecked with arthritis, barely able to shift its body during sleep, and having to do dishes, sweep, do laundry, preparing jams for the winter season, and even cook for her married daughter with six children, many of these children are way over 25 years of age.

I am witnessing a grandfather, having difficulty getting in a car and thus, deciding to staying home, dragging his feet three flats up in order to replenish water in the water tanks on the roof:  He had plenty of reasons not to trust automatic systems and the damage they did when they failed.

Old people are worried that their children will not make it in this new harsh world: They were not adequately trained to fending for their survival.

Old people without any social covering are waiting to die in pain and hopelessness.

Old people of the middle and upper classes, with health coverage, are willing to undergo heart surgery at the age of 80, only to survive three lousy months in pain and suffering.

I am pretty sure they were warned by surgeons of the humiliating conditions they will suffer, but sacrifice is forgotten at a senile age.

We beg for food and pocket-money, though we are entitled to vote, to drive expensive cars, to join armies, and to kill for “motherland”.

We beg for better grades; we beg for jobs; we beg for a raise; we lick asses to keep our jobs; we forget morality and ethical conducts and obey the boss; we claim that we are skilled survivors.

There was a time, still as valid now as ever, when materially fallen noblemen, had priority over the most disinherited people for the money collected in churches.

Poor Noblemen had to be secured first, lest the social structure disintegrates and chaos reign supreme.

Multinational financial institutions have to get first help:  They worked so hard to bilk people out of their earned money.

Multinational do not beg: They demand their rights as knights and barons of the establishment.

The verb to beg was created for the poor people and it does not apply to the rich barons of industries who demand their rights to financial aids:  They invented the social and economic structure for the begging citizens.

We are effective beggars; we keep the mask of revolting against mendicant behaviors.

Wild animals and pets search for a shady and isolated place to die when the time approach:  They refuse further unnecessary suffering and pain.

They leave the company of the tribe:  They cannot expect the community to feed them; this is contrary to the nature of the specie.  Mankind is willing to beg mercilessly and assiduously to the last moment.

Millions of kids faking work, selling chewing gum on streets for a loaf of bread.  Millions playing the meditative game, so that their collective spirits in prayers will bring about world peace, in exchange of one daily meal.

Billion of people are producing nothing.

They are the ones who cannot teach art but expose the results of art.

They cannot teach how to make shoes, but display instead varieties of shoes for you to select from.

The shop keepers, working a lifetime in a box, collaborating with wholesalers, quickly turning over products in warehouses.

Engineers, supposedly trained to design products and services and ending up working salesperson. Engineers  are hired to selling products and services, thinking that they can extend the illusion to consumers that they know something about the product.

It never crosses the mind of this engineer to making the effort of “re-designing” the product he is selling.

Sales people selling whatever there is to sell, uttering big technical terminologies: they have no ideas what these words mean.

Lawyers, shuffling papers and documents, bilking people, communicating with the lawyer of the other party, hammering out settlements, because they were not trained to defending clients in courts.

Teams upon teams of “hygiene engineers” cleaning offices, gathering trash, vacuuming,  and then collecting garbage.

The lower middle class, learning technical skills, working around conveyor belts, assembling consumer products and canned food.

Now and then, facilitating modern lifestyle by updating plumbing and electrical systems:  running water, ready electrical power, and automatic appliances that were meant to liberating essential time for a real productive life but falling short on target.

Who are the producers?  

They are the peasants in remote areas, no one paying them a visit, except wholesalers at harvest time.

Millions working in sweat shop factories:  the modern sacrificial lambs targeted to die at young age for disastrous workplace conditions.

Millions working in underground tunnels, extracting raw materials, trapped in worse conditions than taupe.

Millions working in open grounds, extracting raw materials, dying young, in polluted environment, for their daily meals.

If those are the people producing something then, how come so many trillions of dollar-kind money have accumulated?

Trillions being talk about like we are meaning billions of dollars.

The world is currently  posting $60 trillion GNP per year; $15 trillion are saved by the “poorer” developing States so that multinational financial institutions move the surplus to the “powerful” States to maintain their higher standards of living.

The financial institutions cut out their commissions for facilitating the transfer of money from the poor people to the “richer” people maintaining high State indebtedness.

Last century, people were producing.  In this century, worthless paper money are being printed, shifted, transacted, and transferred around as valuable earning; fictitious wealth backed by the power of aircraft carriers and lethal killing equipment.

Millions of “men of war” in 200 official armies, begging for their daily meals in exchange for killing their own kinds, fighting for the “fatherland”.  

Millions of men of war enlisted in militia organizations fighting for the honor of the tribe, the trampled dignity of a local  leader, a religious cleric.

There was a long period in mankind history, tribes going on razzias expeditions against richer tribes and rounding up livestock.  Tribes expected razzias: They were meant for survival purposes under harsh conditions.

In the last three centuries, razzias on grand scale, are directed for pure greed.

Mankind: a specie of mendicants, with no dignity and no shame.

A specie that convinced itself that life is precious, even if they are totally worthless to producing anything spiritual.

Compassion is meant to helping the abler body.

A specie toiling a lifetime not producing a dime’s worth;  unable to write an article, even an illegible one.

A specie no longer worth surviving.




February 2023

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