posted on Sep, 16 2005 @ 08:29 AM
It is a mistake to equate the ruling class with the moneyed class.
Not all rich people are in control, and some of those at the forefront of societal evolution are not actually rich.
For example, "deadheads," the followers and fans of "The Greatful Dead" rock group, have had a huge impact on pop-art, from the logos on VH-1, to
the fashions that pre-teens wear to school. As a rule, many true deadheads were not rich, but they certainly ruled in some fashion circles.
Another example is the religious right. If you ignore the media hype, the people who are behind the American political force are not primarily driven
by money. Sure, there are some TV-Preachers that CNN and Larry King lift up for you to throw rocks at. But if you look at the rank-&-file lobbyists
for the RR in Washington, most of them are working for peanuts. Often, young lobbyists for that group make in the low 60K area. But contrast that
with lobbyists for the lumber industry, many of whom pull down 150k a year in annual salary.
The anti-religious right forces try to link the lobby with wealthy supporters and powerful politicians. But the fact is that the power-wielders are
following the religious right rather than vice versa. And not because the superrich agree with the conservative agenda, but merely because that's
where the votes are in this decade.
Sociologists use a term like "the ruling class" to refer to the decision-makers in government, to distinguish them from "the rich." The fact is,
a lot of US politicians are independently wealthy, and have taken a pay cut in order to hold office: they have to put their investments in a blind
trust, which isn't nearly as lucrative as investing the money themselves.