Debt is something else that is very hard to overcome. Due to the fact that poor people are poor, there is less trust between them and banks. Therefore they pay more interest than many other people. High interest rates prevent people from coming out of debt. They will always have to pay more than other people even though they are the one making less money than everyone else.
Since the low class poor people are not usually educated, they often easily “pushed” into the crimes by the high class people. Usually the upper class people are invisible and at the end the poor is the ones who get blamed. Certainly the rich benefit more than the poor. That has always and will always be the case in every society the world has known. Very often the rich push the poor by removing workers rights, by limiting corporate liability, by instigating war.
Marx observed the organization of society relating it to it’s high and low class and the struggle that lay in between each of them. The higher class people seem to be more powerful and richer than the lower class. They always have a problem with the lower class as they do not hold them up to their standards. High class people treat lower class people with disrespect and as a servant. They take advantage of their negative side, in this case their earnings below average and use them to satisfy themselves.
“Low-class workers are all lazy and are late to work,” he would say. Therefore, thanks to these stereotypes he will hire someone who is middle or higher class, because he thinks that they will work had. However this is not the case, most low class workers are hardworking, for they must provide their family with the diminutive salary they are paid; this drives them to work hard and excel in order to please their boss and get a promotion which will mean more money for their family. If the high-class man gets the job this will mean that the low class man will have to go back to the street and try to make a living on what he has. Another thing I noticed while I took pictures was how big the gap is between the high and low classes of the Dominican Republic.
GREAT EXPECTATIONS WEALTH AND POVERTY Victorian class was mainly made up of two classes- the rich (upper class) and the poor (working class). There were poor working class families who lived in extreme poverty as illustrated in the book as Joe Gargery, and there were wealthy families who enjoyed lives of luxury like Miss Havisham. Pip tries his hardest to be seen above the line of poverty and finds it hard to be accepted and to make his past forgotten. Wealth and poverty is dealt with and targeted throughout the book and plays a massive part in moulding the characters personality and behaviour towards others. Firstly, wealth divides people a lot throughout the book.
The rich are penalized for their contribution to the economy through high tax. Our benefit system has spawned a class of intelligent people who exploit the system! In my view this general state has risen from economic and educational divides. I find that the way that different classes of people react to each other, and how they have different mind-sets a bit weird. I mean “who really cares if you dad is worth £1.5 billion or you live in downtown London?” Unfortunately there are people who will judge you based just on your money which saddens me as many of the happiest and nicest people I know are not vastly rich but balanced all rounded individuals.
“Something is profoundly wrong with the way we live today” is the powerful opening line of Tony Judt’s book “Ill Fares the Land”, foreshadowing the writer’s critical attitude. His elaborate description of the current political and social situation does not present Western society benevolently. Selfishness and materialism have become the prevailing socio-economic attitudes and our former sense of political and moral value has given way to preoccupation with the monetary value of objects and actions. While a small number of people in society has accumulated a ridiculous amount of wealth, poverty is increasing among the general public, leading to great inequality and loss of social mobility. Social and economic standards have dropped below the poverty line for a large percentage of the population, causing Judt to refer to the prevailing social problems as the re-opening of the social question.
Capitalism affects everyone in a different way; it affects the quality of life one can have. Capitalism is morally deficient economic system in today’s society because it creates an unequal opportunity for citizens, causes a gap in the economic classes, has reversed the consumer- retailer relationship from a ‘push’ to a ‘pull’, leads to unfair free trading with other countries, and loses jobs for the hard working United States citizens. Capitalism creates an unequal opportunity for citizens to obtain an equal education, equal housing, and equal jobs opportunities in society. A symbolic analyst according to Robert B. Reich, in “Why the Rich Are Getting Richer and the Poor, Poorer” is in support of higher education. People with a higher education are not only able to help save their country, but they are able to help save the world.
"Envy Up, Scorn Down: How Comparison Divides Us" is an article basically describing the lower, middle, and upper class of society. The article illustrates how the lower class envied the upper class and how the upper class scorned the lower class. The upper class consists of those that are highly wealthy such as politicians. The middle class is usually associated with people who work in banks or are teachers. While the lower class are the poor or the less fortunate.
This gap has led to the decreasing of education’s quality, and the inequality in residents’ income. Income inequality has put the United States in bad shape. Because of this unfairness, the rich are getting richer whereas the rest are struggling to survive. According to Robert Frank, a New York Times writer, excessive spending by the wealthy has “made it even more expensive for middle-class families to achieve basic financial goals” (Frank; 582). The squeezed society’s neglecting of investment has put both the rich and the poor in a society with low quality infrastructure.