elitism leads to barbarism
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Elitism - 1. practice of or belief in rule by an elite.
2. consciousness of or pride in belonging to a select or favored group.
Barbarism- 1. a barbarous or uncivilized state or condition.
2. a barbarous act; something belonging to or befitting a barbarous condition.
3.the use in a language of forms or constructions felt by some to be undesirably alien to the established standards of the language.
uncivilized 1. (of a place or people) not socially, culturally, or morally advanced.
Elitism as stated is where the elite rule, Who are the elite? in this case they are the rich and wealthy. Who do they rule? everyone. How? either directly as bosses enforcing regulation and policies on employees or indirectly by subtly influencing a country's economy for there own benefit and by providing commodities/services to the general public.
The language of the Elite and Non-Elite can often differ by significant amounts due to different ancestry leading to isolation within groups, causing both groups to become alienated by the other and thus decide to stay within the confines of there own society essentially forming "tribes".
This isolation leads to a lack if empathy; when the Non-elite see the elite in luxurious houses and gaining a superior education with all facilities at hand it leads to anger and disgust. These emotions are equally shared when the elite watch as the Non-elite 'fight for' a better living.
As the Elite are in control, due to there lack of emotion for the common man they exploit them even further through cheaper wages and harsher living conditions which they control through there vast amount of wealth - all for the benefit of gaining even more profit. This in turn leads to the "Slippery slope" effect.
As the Non-elite descend through the stages of civilization into barbarism due to lack of sufficient and sanitary goods and education the Elite prosper at there expense. However, when the the non-elite are reduced to essentially inanimate humans the Elite suffer as a result as they depend on the menial workforce of the common man - this causes someone else to fill in for the common man and thus the same division occurs within the elite until eventually everyone is reduced to an insignificant combination of cells.
To recapitulate, at first barbarism is subjective to the society you live in which for the non-elite's case eventually leads to a deterioration of living standards and consequently the breakdown of each society as a result of the other.
U.S., a capitalistic nation however granted worker unions and laws to protect the common man. Since businesses are owned by different enterprises, workers could choose a better business to work under. The level of barbarism is limited and in comparison to how the Communist party treats their workers, barbarism does not exist in the U.S. because it has elevated to the point in which people did not experience cruelty because they were capable of fighting back or choosing to work under the boss of their choice.
A legitimate democracy where there was no elite to influence the outcome would allow for better cohesion between the representatives (who are not elite) and the working man.
The elite and the common man have a relationship. The elite acts as the sink, the common man as the source. An elite garners competition, a need to strive to be a better you or the elite shines the career path you are fixated on and need an organization that would amplify it.
The predominance of digital media has leveled the playing field slightly to allow for people to reach better positions but again we live in a capitalist age and even on the internet you need something to help you get going money for advertisements and so forth and with all the risk involved peopled get deterred to try.
The reason why Income is important is again because our society is based on capitalism and that a high income means better and bigger head start; being able to explore the world gain and gain a rigorous understanding of the world requires a substantial income.
There is no cruel actions behind the elite, the ones that would try to stifle them from their expenditures are the ones that are irrational. The elite has no reason to have enmity with the common man and neither does the common man have for the elite. Common man makes up the majority of the workforce, they make up the arms and legs of businesses, the military, labor force and any other company owned by the elite.
Now for my argument,
There is a difference between being elite and being paramount in keeping society functioning. The elite should not automatically deserve more praise than any other person in the community as everyone has put in a certain amount of effort into creating the society we now live in. Despite the fact they do put in extra effort it is disproportional to the benefits of being elite, for example, bonuses handed out of over millions of dollars to bankers and the private tuition provided to the elite and their offspring. Not only this, but is it fair that you do not even get a second glance if you are someone classified as working or poor class? and is it fair that children who have fathers with contacts in all different types of industry are much more likely to attain success?
Another point you make pertaining to the 'incentives' of the rich is understandable, but regardless of whether the actions occur through spite or not does no excuse the fact that there needs can and have caused millions to struggle, the saying goes "with great power comes great responsibility" and it is no different here, is it ok for you to suffer because the intentions of the well off weren't "cruel"?
One final point I would like to make is that not all people have worked hard for there money and/or position in society; take for instance the nouveau riche, people who have large amounts money but inherited it.
To recapitulate, the needs and exploitation of the elite may lead to the culmination of society but ultimately end in the deterioration of society into barbarism.
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