The New Hierarchy

I heard a really spot-on description about the caste system of the fluid global order.

The small, highly mobile, transnational elites will live in a Communist reality. This is Communism in its classical sense, meaning no government, no police, and no disciplinarian authority of any kind will exist to monitor their behavior. Work will be strictly voluntary and highly fluid.

The techie class in the second highest layer of this hierarchy will exist in a Socialist reality. Their welfare will be guaranteed but only in return for very strict policing (or, rather, self-policing) of their beliefs and expression.

The third rung of the ladder will live in the dog-eat-dog capitalist reality of the 19th century or the post-Soviet countries in the 1990s. It will be a battle for physical survival with no protective cushion that developed capitalism used to have.

The lowest caste in the hierarchy will live in the feudal or slavery-like system.

The words “communism, socialism, etc” are only used here to make the explanation easier. Let’s not get hung up on the terminology too much. It’s the description that matters.

8 thoughts on “The New Hierarchy

  1. Is the police/knight caste on the same order as the techie class? The first order does like its muscle.
    At any rate, I think you’re quite right.
    It occurs to me that it took the Middle Ages to break down the state apparatus that propped up the Roman Empire for so many centuries.
    I feel we are headed for the next middle ages, and two millenia from now, the history books will read this age as a repetition of the first recorded age. but with nuclear energy.


  2. Are there any history books you can recommend to read a description of what is meant (or at least what you mean) by “developed capitalism “?

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    1. On the subject of the two major stages of capitalism, there’s nothing better than Zygmunt Bauman’s Liquid Modernity. I haven’t found anyone who has had a bigger impact or explained it more clearly.


        1. I’m on the 3rd rung for sure. It’s total Hunger Games at work right now. We are being squeezed, kicked and sicced on each other to fight for vanishing resources. The dog-eat-dog austerity capitalism has arrived.

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          1. I am feeling this at my university as well. It also seems like most of my colleagues don’t understand that the erosion/defunding of humanities programs is accelerating. Things are shifting radically and very quickly. I’m not sure what the best response to these changes is, but so far there has been lots of tut-tutting, long, aimless discussions, and appeals to academic high mindedness. Meanwhile, none of my colleagues can inconvenience themselves with trying to engage with undergraduate students by organizing or even showing up at events for students. And then they can’t understand why the number of students continues to dwindle.

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            1. Exactly. People keep pouting but they don’t want to see how their own actions are responsible for a large part of this. I begged everybody I knew on campus to show up for the interviews for the Chancellor position but nobody could be bothered. As a result, we ended up with an austerity maniac who is taking apart the university. I’m now back to begging people to write detailed reviews of his first year in office. And that’s one of many examples.


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