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With all the talk about the “middle class” in America, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that the phrase has largely lost its meaning. When politicians use the term they usually mean, loosely, Americans of middle income, regardless of their cultural affinities; however, class has considerably more to do with culture than with wealth -– consider for an illustration how similar a successfully hip-hop musician’s values are to his former urban ghetto neighbors and professionals of comparable means.

If it were not for the willful blindness of much of American thought on the subject of class, it would become obvious that the growing political divide is heavily class-based with the elites of the old-line middle classes, the bourgeoisie, pitted against those of the younger middle class, the intelligentsia, while the working classes line up behind these as foot-soldiers mostly based on the accident of the geography of their upbringing.