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12 February 2015

Global Conflict Discussion (Part 6): 21st Century Class System

In the Age of Technology there exist three hierarchical classes of global citizen: 1.) rich w/ internet; 2.) not rich w/internet; and, 3.) w/o internet. The "rich with internet" (RwI) have ready access to the internet and the finances to act on their desires. The "not rich with internet" (nRwI) have ready access to the internet without the finances to act. The "without internet" (w/oI) have no access (or minimal access) to the internet and are without the finances to act even if they had access. 

Ability to access the internet is now a prerequisite for most jobs as many employers have moved to online application processes and email notifications. This means that those w/oI are ineligible for job access based on the prejudice of modern employment application methods: no internet = no job. The nRwI have job access because of their internet access and vice versa. The RwI have pushed these methods forward in the name of increasing their ROI by lowering hiring costs and developing databases of potential future hires (i.e. talent pools). 

These three classes (RwI, nRwI, and w/oI) are based within four main systems of control (governance): 1.) government, 2.) business, 3.) religion, and 4.) education. The stratification inherent in the class system is amplified by the same structural stratifications found in each of the four systems mentioned above. The RwI set the pace in all four systems, the nRwI move accordingly while encouraging the w/oI to pick up the pace or die. As long as the four systems stay stratified we will continue to live in a segregated society. If we don't want a segregated society and we don't want a stratified system, then we must ask a number of important questions, like: What kind of social system do we want? What other kinds of social systems are available? What kind of social system will provide the most stability for the future? How will we transition to the new social system? 

In order to learn what we want it is best to examine what we already have and to recognize what we don't like about it. If we can identify definitive aspects of the system that no longer work, we can purposefully trim them out of the future system, after all, we're redesigning it right now. We currently have four stratified social systems of control and three hierarchical social classes. The systems clash and the classes clash. Is it possible to integrate systems and classes to smooth out the clashes? It is doubtful, the idyllic world of Star Trek is but an utopian fantasy. Would that we could?! Ah, such a dream.

Pax et Poema,

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