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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Economic Class

#economics #book #capitalism

Wealth and Poverty: A New Edition for the Twenty-First Century

George Gilder

2012

2019-05-06

Class is a hard subject. I've been told with certainty that America is without class, and here I am being told repeatedly that class is necessary to America. When I am told conflicting things, I guess I can only reason a subject is controversial.

George Gilder's view in this prominent book on economics is of the evolution of class from a stratification based on intrinsic properties such as race or family of birth, to one based on behavior and attitude. The greater freedom to move between classes also functions to make the new class system more prominent and better protected by individuals, as it is less an artificial graft or dictate from above.

True, being a part of a hierarchical society built on a threat of falling and hope of rising, and holding the basic belief in the justice of it all is what makes a human. But in not all societies are the hierarchies expressed consistently, so you can never quite trust people who profess to explain them.