Monday, May 16, 2005

An article & thread about class.

I've been reading through a thread on Smirking Chimp about an article treating of class.

The problem is that it doesn't really treat of class. The critique quoted later in the thread is correct that the article treats more of social mobility and not of class in the United States. These topics are distinct from one another.

I also found the tone of the article to be quite crass. Here is the lead & paragraph one.

There was a time when Americans thought they understood class. The upper crust vacationed in Europe and worshiped an Episcopal God. The middle class drove Ford Fairlanes, settled the San Fernando Valley and enlisted as company men. The working class belonged to the A.F.L.-C.I.O., voted Democratic and did not take cruises to the Caribbean.
end quote.

And another quote:
Mobility is the promise that lies at the heart of the American dream. It is supposed to take the sting out of the widening gulf between the have-mores and the have-nots. There are poor and rich in the United States, of course, the argument goes; but as long as one can become the other, as long as there is something close to equality of opportunity, the differences between them do not add up to class barriers.
end quote.

In my next post, I'll write about class from my view and in light of this article & thread.

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