I stumbled across this article, and it seems relevant considering Donald Trump has gone on record as saying: “My legacy has its roots in my father’s legacy”. The piece tells the story of how Woody Guthrie, a personal hero of mine, was raging against the Trump Empire way back when. Well worth a read!
Important decisions are made by the ruling class. Those decisions tend to affect under-class individuals the most. It’s obvious to see that this is a recipe for injustice and inequality. In order for policy and legislation to be fair for all people, there needs to be a fairer representation of different social classes in positions of power. That’s the only way we can bridge the socio-economic divide in the UK.
Are you comfortable with white male, Oxford educated, born-wealthy careerists making all your decisions for you? Because that’s what’s happening right now. Most people in positions of power fit the description above, yet they make up only a tiny cross-section of the society we live in. Even if they mean well, they haven’t got the same perspective as us, and therefore lack empathy with the problems we face. It’s like an accountant performing surgery on you. They’re great with numbers, but if you’re having a triple bypass you’d much prefer a trained surgeon with the scalpel.
In order to change things, we need the people who are most affected by social/economic issues to be heard. This is easier said than done. There are many barriers preventing these people from occupying positions of power, including:
- Money issues: people are too busy trying to feed and house themselves to get into positions of power
- Education: a person may know what they’re talking about, but if they don’t have the right piece of paper saying they know what they’re talking about, their voice can go unheard
- Current Holders of Power: our current “leaders” have a death grip on their positions of power, and will try to keep everyone else down in order to keep the power for themselves
- Culture: it is commonly believed that a select group of people are entitled to power and we are not (based what we see day in and day out from birth).
- Personality Type: people hear the person who speaks the loudest. Good ideas won’t be listened to if they’re not put across in a certain way. Unfortunately, loudness and having good ideas are traits that seem to be mutually exclusive.
…And there are many more obstacles. But that doesn’t make it impossible for lower class people to gain positions of power, it just means we’ve got to work that much harder for it.
For working class people to make changes, we first need to change our own mind-sets and tell ourselves that A) we do know best and B) we are able to make changes if we put our minds to it. I’m not saying everyone should become a politician (although fairer representation in this area is DESPERATELY needed), but there are certainly actions that can be taken at grassroots level that can make real change in local communities, as well as lobbying and pressurising existing councils to make changes.
One advantage we have is strength in numbers. However, that doesn’t mean much if we let the ruling class turn us against each other (which they try to do constantly with regards to religion, race, gender, economic status). They tell us immigrants, or people on the dole are the enemy. That’s BS. The ruling class is the enemy.
With determination and unity we can all become leaders and make a difference.
The following is a list of the disadvantages you will have to face if you are a member of the “Lower Class”…
You have to breathe polluted air on a daily basis.
You will have to work until you are dead – no retirement!
Mummy and Daddy won’t be able to get you an instant high-paying job.
You can’t champion your class without the well-off saying that you’re looking for a hand-out.
You are demonised by awful TV shows such as Benefits Street and TOWIE.
If you get into legal trouble you can’t afford a decent solicitor.
You are unable to walk around your neighbourhood without the fear of being shanked by a drug-addict.
You have to see a stressed-out, over-worked doctor every time you’re ill, and hope to God they diagnose you correctly.
You will never own a brand new suit (your uncle’s hand-me-down will have to do).
Your teachers are too depressed themselves to care about your education.
University is never presented to you as a viable option (“Have you thought about the Sandwich Factory?”)
Upper classes are surprised when it turns out you’re intelligent.
You will under the constant threat of repossession and homelessness.
You have to rely on privatised public transport to get you from A to B.
You are constantly judged by your accent and dialect.
You have no power or influence over the local politics in your area, and it is extra-difficult for you to make a change.
These are all things that you will have to overcome if you’re a member of the “Lower Class”. But when it all seems too much, remember this African proverb: “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.”