The concept of “class” is counter to the tenets of a free society. In the past two centuries America has achieved significant progress towards economic, social and racial equality and recognition of the value of individuals based upon their specific identity. Though imperfect and in need of continued effort, this progress is evidence of the value of the nation’s founding principles, among them the freedom of individuals to speak with their own voice and to move without hindrance within and between any social or economic circles of their choosing – or none at all. Counter to this liberty is the idea that people are defined by class and can only improve their circumstances by taking from members of other classes. Ironically, socialists and progressives who promote the use of class distinctions and bemoan the plight of less fortunate classes as the fault of more fortunate classes have throughout history created their own ruling class. In every example, this ruling class assumes power by pandering to the largest class of people it can create for the purpose of supporting their rise to power. Once they gain a foothold in government, their positions become permanent and they seize unlimited power to strip the People of liberty. Members of the socialist ruling class adopt titles by which they demand to be addressed, practice hereditary nepotism, and adopt the lifestyle of the royalty or capitalists they say they despise. All this is made possible by first indoctrinating the People to think in terms of class.
“The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.”
The Communist Manifesto (Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, 1848)
America’s founding fathers realized that a permanent ruling class and division of the People into classes in general were in opposition to the principles of liberty. The United States has been a nation free of nobility and social or economic classes since the time of the Revolution. In the Declaration Of Independence, colonists issued a statement that sent chills down the collective spine of the British ruling class: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…” British royalty relied on the existence of social and economic classes and hereditary perpetuation of the peerage to maintain their ruling position and ensure continued personal wealth. Once independence was won, the new United States outlawed the formal trappings of class in the Constitution in an effort to promote freedom of opportunity and equal treatment of all citizens under the law.
“No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.”
“Title of Nobility Clause”
United States Constitution: Article I, Section 9, Clause 8
Today, tyrants who seek permanent positions of unlimited authority in American government want the People to embrace class distinctions. Their strategy is to convince everyone that they belong to a class (which the tyrant defines) and to join in class warfare. Unwittingly, conservatives and Constitutionalists who work in opposition are drawn into the mistake of using the tyrant’s word weapons in their arguments and thereby give them validity, terms such as “middle class” and “the rich.” They should, instead, speak in terms of equality and uniform application of rights and opportunity. To preserve its founding principles, America must cut use of the word “class” from the national discussion.