Who is the Working Class?

Working Class, Middle Class, Capitalist Class. What do these three levels mean for America? Have they always existed? Do they exist elsewhere? Why do the majority of Americans consider themselves middle class when the majority of Americans are clearly working class?

Class isn’t something that gets talked about. Asking someone what their income is, is culturally taboo.  So who are the working class?

They’re people in the service industry. You know those waitresses, retail store merchandisers, and cashiers? They’re working class. But, it’s not only about wage, it’s about power. With the least amount of power given to them, the working class is at the bottom of ladder. Over 60 percent of us are at the bottom of the ladder.

Less than half of the country consider themselves middle class, according to a poll done by the Huffington Post. (Click sentence for link).

But, all we hear about is the middle class. Never the working class. When’s the last time you heard a politician mention the working class? It would be quite revolutionary to hear it come out of the mouths of either Obama or Romney, both of whom would be accused of class warfare.

But, what really irritates me is why is talking about the majority of Americans class warfare? Does class warfare not already exist?

Think about it: 1-2 percent of the richest people in the country own more than the 60 percent of us together. Mathematically that is one hell of an inequality. 

Class warfare does exist and it’s going on every day, in your work place. And, yes if you are unemployed you are still part of the working class. Those in power want us to believe we are powerless, but as history has shown, when the working class organizes we get shit done. Unfortunately, we now have to ask “permission” to get shit done.

 

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One thought on “Who is the Working Class?

  1. Reblogged this on Peace & Equity and commented:
    This posting by Nicole shows that you can talk about your feelings on an issue, include outside research to support your ideas, and she also uses data from the readings we read this week. She is showing her reading comprehension, asks questions about the issue, uses outside research to support her ideas and uses statistics from the article.

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