Relaxed attitudes about marriage trickle down to the working class and the poor. In the 1960s, marriage rates between upper-class and lower-class Americans were nearly identical. But during this time, affluent Americans loosened social norms, expressing skepticism about marriage and monogamy.
Yes they did. Through their mouthpieces in the media, academia, NGOs, etc, they let it be known where the correct thinking people stood. Should they be considered hypocrites for not implementing what they say they believe?
This luxury belief contributed to the erosion of the family. Today, the marriage rates of affluent Americans are nearly the same as they were in the 1960s. But working-class people are far less likely to get married. Furthermore, out-of-wedlock birthrates are more than 10 times higher than they were in 1960, mostly among the poor and working class.
Unfortunately, many took these beliefs that were promoted to heart. Of course, there was government subsidization of the results of those beliefs, all pressed by the same upper class.
Affluent people seldom have kids out of wedlock but are more likely than others to express the luxury belief that doing so is of no consequence.
One wonders what is wrong with these people. With evidence staring them in the face, they believe the stupidest things.
Then there’s the luxury belief that individual decisions don’t matter much compared to random social forces, including luck. This belief is more common among many of my peers at Yale and Cambridge than the kids I grew up with in foster care or the women and men I served with in the military. The key message is that the outcomes of your life are beyond your control. This idea works to the benefit of the upper class and harms ordinary people.
Decisions make a huge difference. How could they not? Perhaps the purpose is to create a horde of people who who mindlessly go about life doing the upper class’ bidding. Or maybe it is just a cynical play for power, at the expense of vast swaths of people. Perhaps you have more ideas.
White privilege is the luxury belief that took me the longest to understand, because I grew up around poor whites. Often members of the upper-class claim that racial disparities stem from inherent advantages held by whites. Yet Asian Americans are more educated, have higher earnings and live longer than whites. Affluent whites are the most enthusiastic about the idea of white privilege, yet they are the least likely to incur any costs for promoting that belief. Rather, they raise their social standing by talking about their privilege.
White privilege is mostly about studying, working and not doing stupid stuff. Not all whites have it, but many do. It is available to anyone. Asians have grabbed it. Perhaps it should be relabeled as a different privilege, one with a different color.
In other words, upper-class whites gain status by talking about their high status. When laws are enacted to combat white privilege, it won’t be the privileged whites who are harmed. Poor whites will bear the brunt.
Ain’t that the truth. But these upper class types will feel better, at least for a bit. This SJW stuff really seems to be a drug to them; needing a fix every so often when the last one wears off.
It’s possible that affluent whites don’t always agree with their own luxury beliefs, or at least have doubts.
I am thinking that they don’t. This makes it all the harder on them, as they need fixes at a higher rate. Naturally enough, all of this is to the detriment of all not in the upper class.
Because, like with diamond rings or designer clothes of old, upper-class people don a luxury belief to separate themselves from the lower class. These beliefs, in turn, produce real, tangible consequences for disadvantaged people, further widening the divide. Just as fashionable clothing will soon be outdated, so will today’s fashionable beliefs. In the future, expect the upper class to defame even more values — including ones they hold dear — in their quest to gain top-dog status.
So here is the suggestion that the upper class is f’ing with he other class for the sake of maintaining their top-dog status. It might be. They perhaps should be careful. One reaps what one sows.