I suspect that I along with a significant number of other people spanning ethnic demographics populate the proletariat class – or as defined in Orwell’s 1984 are proles.
Proles according to the dictionary are members of a class of industrial wage earners who earn a living by selling their labor.
Selling their labor, that covers a pretty broad spectrum from flipping burgers to mowing lawns or swinging a hammer.
Any labor done with honest intent is itself an honorable pursuit, and men generally are defined by their willingness or lack of willingness to work.
Personally I don’t have much use for a lazy person who will seize on any excuse to validate their inertia be they a man or a woman, and I know a few who do just that and do so shamelessly.
Even so I have less respect for CEOs with bloated salaries and haven’t a callous or blister on their hands to show for it.
If a laborer for instance makes ten dollars an hour do CEOs making thousands an hour do thousands of times more labor?
The obvious answer is no and leads to the question of why is a livable minimum wage such an issue, what is the basis for opposition?
Is it that Proles are Proles, members of a caste system and must remain so?
Is it that a common laborer or one who earns their living by the sweat of their brow and aching muscles is the American equivalent of India’s “untouchables” who can pray at the temple but never enter it?
What is it about human nature that wants to divide people into classes and sub classes – that wants to deny, segregate, oppress, or exploit?
By virtue of birth are any more worthy, more entitled? How about by virtue of religion, geography, race, culture, or any aspect that contributes to the diversity that is humankind – are any inherently superior to others purely by accident of birth?
Is there a human birthright and if so what is it? Is it equal opportunity, access, and a level playing field? The ability to get ahead rather than remain static or falling behind?
How about respect and a person being secure in their privacy and pursuits if doing no harm?
If that sounds familiar it’s because in this country it’s part of a bill of rights and allegedly the way it’s supposed to be.
America has become George Orwell’s Oceania as the language of Newspeak and alternative facts becomes the norm – a language “designed to diminish the range of thought” and Ownlife is considered a crime.
What Trump and his gang of three – Conway, McConnell and Miller have forgotten is that any nation worth it’s salt is one composed of individuals who in their individuality find a common language and common goals – they are not Unpersons who can be ignored and written out of history or the national dialogue.