Social Inequality In America

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From the home, to the workplace, to the classroom, and almost everywhere you look you see class differences. Even if you’re and idealist the truth is that economic differences have a major impact on American society. The clothes you wear, the food you eat, the way you talk, eventually all make reference to the economic inequalities that exist in our society. Economic inequalities have affected Americans as the greatest form of stratification that has an impact on all aspects of life. Social stratification has to do with inequality and the way it’s arranged in a particular society. Social stratification has to do with ranking of people as individuals or in groups in a society. It is essential to understand that all societies have some form…show more content…
Egalitarianism is defined as equal social, political and economic rights for all. This belief first descended from the words of the “Declaration of Independence” that states, “All men are created equal”. This would in some aspects support the claim to an egalitarian society, but on the other hand it states men are created equal which begs the question of the equality of women. Since the origins of the country and back to the origins of humanity stratification was an issue. I am sure prehistoric man was stratified, but possibly in different terms. Instead of economic differences they were separated by differences of who was the better hunter, and maybe who had the most food. Our roots draw back to the problem of stratification systems. As proof of the nonexistence of an egalitarian society I make reference to this statistics “Between 1981 and 2000 the wages of ordinary workers in the US roughly doubled. But in the same period… the earnings of America’s most highly paid CEOs rose by 4300 per cent.” (Bone 1) Amazing isn’t it that many people barely get by on their paychecks while other live lavishly. How do we close this gap of economic inequality? Marx believed it was necessary to seek refuge in communism. This did not turn out well for China or Russia who tried to apply this principle only to become a totalitarian government. Although people want to close the economic gap “only 2 percent chose the…show more content…
Now big corporations and rich people often found their beliefs on the concept of capitalism. Can capitalism coexist with Democracy? This question is a tough one to answer since it is almost really subjective. It is of my personal belief that both capitalism and democracy can exist peacefully in American society without causing too many economic inequalities. Our society exemplifies a society where both capitalism and democracy coexist the problem is the majority of individual of this nation are unhappy with their economic situation. These are individuals who view their own personal property to be sacred while they want the properties of the rich to be taken by the government. They want to hold sacred the property of the poor while the property of wealthy are taken by the government. This is based upon a view of jealousy since these individuals don’t have as much as the affluent. If we continue along such a mislead path we will only bring about more pain. This view harbors too much misconception as many wealthy work hard to obtain their economic status without neither breaking legal laws nor moral ones. The matter at hand, which we need to work on, is not taking away, but how we can give more to the poor. How can we educate the poor people in America? How can we create jobs for the economically
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