The myth of a ‘classless’ society
July 14, 2009
North Americans are fond of thinking of themselves as citizens of “classless” societies – countries with no class structure, where all are members of society are truly equal.
While the ideal may be great, the simple reality is that both Canada and the U.S. remain, as ever, countries with rigid class structures, limited mobility among classes and even less social equality.
But it does look good to the rest of the world if we portray ourselves as “classless” societies.
And while most subscribe to the myth, it is really only the middle class that truly believes it.
Any of the 3.5 million homeless Americans and any of the 200,000 homeless Canadians can attest that neither Canada nor the U.S. is a “classless” society.
Any of the top five percent of Canadians and Americans – the ownership class – can also attest that neither country is a “classless” society.