Monday, October 09, 2006 Socioeconomics

Socioeconomics

Fussell's model classifies Americans according to the following classes:
Top out-of-sight: the super-rich, heirs to huge fortunes
Upper Class: rich CEOs, diplomats, people who can afford full-time domestic staff, and some high salaried, prominent professionals (examples include surgeons and some highly-paid types of lawyers)
Upper-Middle Class: self-made well-educated professionals
Middle Class: office workers
High Prole: skilled blue-collar workers
Mid Prole: workers in factories and the service industry
Low Prole: manual laborers
Destitute: the homeless and disreputable (but still free)
Bottom out-of-sight: those incarcerated in prisons and institutions

Today I have dealt with the gamut of socioeconomic friends and acquaintances. In the morning, I was catering to the needs of the Upper Class and in the evening I shared a bottle of Dom Perignon with the Low Prole that I consider a friend and the keeper of my yard. That is the beauty of democracy.

3 Comments:

Blogger Beth said...

Interesting. And I like your choice for sharing that champagne.

6:11 PM  
Blogger inkyhack said...

The funny thing is, there are many high prole who now are economically better off than the middle class.

7:17 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Amen, Anomie. In my days as a low-prole no one ever shared champagne with me. In these days of middle classness I don't even offer it to myself.

10:58 PM  

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