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Why the current class division is dangerous

One of the most successful reality shows and the most profitable (based on observation only) is “Keeping up with the Kardashians.” No matter who you ask they will say they hate this show and hence they don’t watch it. TV critics hate it. Women hate it. Men laugh at the silliness of the show. Comedians always joke about it. And to make it official IMDB.com rates the show 2.8 out of 10. I have never read or heard anything positive about this show. But, if a show is that bad how come it is on its 10th season now?

My answer is the show is silly indeed but it gave the world a glimpse of how rich people live. We don’t like the show but we do sometimes like to see this lifestyle that we will never have. We maybe want to know how life would be if money is never an issue. 

In the movie “Chinese Puzzle”, a Frenchman moves to the USA to be close to his kids after splitting with their American mother. He found a job in New York as a bike messenger. Here is what he said about this lifestyle:

“Pinned to the ground, you see that New York’s obsession is the sky. The image NYC sells is the skylines, skyscrapers, penthouses, rooftops. All anybody cares about is reaching for the sky. In reality, the city is split in two. When you first get here, you can’t be part of the “up” world. You belong in the “down” world. You live downtown. You have no right to the sky. You gotta work your way up from the bottom.”

When I visited New York I went to Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. I of course liked Manhattan the most. I noticed that Manhattan is for the wealthy, Brooklyn for the middle class and Queens for the poor. Although you can see this class division everywhere in the world, I felt New York class division is so distinctive. 

Education and health care in the USA are the most expensive in the world. In the USA, it is common for someone to file for bankruptcy because they don’t have health insurance or because their operation cost so much the health insurance doesn’t cover all the bills. 

Although, Hollywood likes to show the beautiful and rich in their movies not all Americans live in Manhattan or San Francisco. In Missouri, I saw many families live in trailers it is almost common. And food stamps is a topic I used to hear almost every day on the local TV news.

Is it only me noticing this or are the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. The gap between the rich, the middle class and the poor is getting bigger and bigger. Shouldn’t the world start looking into this problem seriously.

Many people, naively, believe that religion is the reason behind most wars especially the ones in the Middle East. In my opinion, the number one reason is lack of financial stability. No rich man wants to go to a war.

Class division was the reason why the Arab Spring started. Because poor peoples voice is not heard and many times they are not treated will by the law as well even in the most democratic and developed countries.

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2 thoughts on “Why the current class division is dangerous

  1. “No rich man wants to go to a war.”

    But what about Osama bin Laden. Wasn’t he rich? Also, I’ve often heard it said that the 9-11 terrorists were not poor men. And those joining ISIS from the West don’t come across as poor souls to me. Honestly I often get the impression many are just bored and want to join a fight, and ISIS appeals to that “hey, let’s go conquer the world.” (Is it a search for power??)

    But I do understand your point, I think. Maybe the poor are fighting for their rights. But in Syria many of the people I hung around seemed fairly well-to-do. They weren’t the poor folks*, yet they still wanted the rights they see many in the West enjoy.

    * They weren’t filthy rich by dictator or Kardashian standards either.

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  2. In Tunisia, the revolution started when a street vendor set himself on fire in protest at the confiscation of his wares and the humiliation inflicted on him by a municipal official.
    Here is a quote from Wiki “The Tunisian Revolution[60][61] was an intensive campaign of civil resistance that was precipitated by high unemployment, food inflation, corruption,[62] a lack of freedom of speech and other political freedoms[63] and poor living conditions.”

    In Syria, the revolution started in one of the poorest cities in Syria, Daraa. “The local secret police soon arrested 15 boys between the ages of 10 and 15, detaining them under the control of Gen. Atef Najeeb, a cousin of President Bashar al-Assad. In a gloomy interrogation room the children were beaten and bloodied, burned and had their fingernails pulled out by grown men working for a regime whose unchecked brutality appears increasingly to be sowing the seeds of its undoing.” If the parents of these kids were rich none of this would have happened.

    In Egypt, the same catalyst caused the unrest.

    This issue is not limited to the Arab world. Things would had not escalated in Ferguson, Mo if the residents of this poor neighborhood are well off.

    My point is the current social class division leads to instability.

    ISIS managed to attract many by giving salaries that some of the men never dreamed of.

    Osama Bin Laden might be the exception not the norm.

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