Most of us are not members of the middle class. This is one of the most awful and damaging myths that have been propagated by the ruling class. Take a look at the excerpt below from a U.S. Congressional committee hearing where members of the ruling class, or their fully vetted and most trusted representatives, talk among themselves about social class. They are discussing Pakistan in this instance, but the same applies to the U.S. population and anywhere else in the world.
Committee Chairman, Rep. John Tierney (D-MA): I guess part of my point was, you know, we have a situation over there now where the middle class — lawyers, judges, the business people, or whatever [emphasis mine] — seem to be on one side of the fence, and the military establishment on the other.
And I would guess that we have to be real careful about whether or not we side with the people of Pakistan, or are perceived to be siding with or against them on this. And it’s going to be a real delicate use of smart power in that situation.
Former Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage: I think the question of Pakistan is so complicated. You’re right: People seem to be on one side — and the military, and I would say the elite, on the other side [emphasis mine] with President Musharraf.
Apparently, the elites who own and run Pakistan are not being sufficiently pliant and subservient to U.S. elites; therefore, the U.S. ruling class is scheming to divide and conquer by pitting the Pakistani middle class against the ruling class. The Pakistani Working Class will be used as pawns in this “great game” but will receive no benefit should the U.S. establishment succeed in its schemes. If successful, the U.S. will elevate a few members of the Pakistani middle class to elite status under its control and the rest of the middle class will materially benefit to some appreciable degree; once again, you can be sure that the Working Class will get the shaft.
It is important to understand that to be middle class is to be affluent. Also note from the above exchange that these upper class folks refer only to the middle class as “the people”; the rest of us are not considered to be people – we’re tools, we’re trash, we’re expendable. Just as under chattel slavery the slaves were not considered to be human or at least not fully human, under wage slavery (capitalism), the rulers don’t consider wage slaves to be fully human.
Middle class people are often millionaires or close to it. They make up no more than 20% of the population. The upper class/elites/ruling class are the infamous 1%. Then you have your approximately 80% of the rest of the population that is Working Class; this includes the destitute, the poor, the not-so-poor, and those who live reasonably comfortably, but who would be in big trouble with the loss of a couple of paychecks or if confronted with a major illness. The economic and moral interests of these classes are diametrically opposed. The bulk of the middle class always has and always will side with the upper class when push comes to shove. What is good for this group, collectively known as the bourgeoisie, is bad for the Working Class and vice versa.