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If you look at history, there has always been a "class system," in the world. Upper class and lower class, and some in the middle. The truth is right up to the present, it still exists and no one will ever change it. People have been trying to even this out for the entire history of man, it isn't going to happen. (think communism)
They sad thing is that nothing has changed except instead of condemning the "lower class," we go until the guise of "everyone is equal." It is a nice concept, and a good one, but sadly, this is a perfect example of how the class system of the past still exists, and changing has never succeeded.
The monopolies of the past, are just hidden now, they are not gone.
Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Astors are still with us - they just have different names now.