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Is having a social class inevitable?

Will the gap between rich and poor be omnipresent? Can it be abolished? If you propose socialism to get rid of the classes, are you very sure the gap will not come back? Should we then solve this problem or leave it be?


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    Nov 9 2013: Hi Cheyenne,
    "Social mobility" is a term used to describe how easy (or difficult) it is for people improve their economic status. (This often means improving their social status too).
    Suppose someone starts life in the bottom 20% (economically) in a society. They work hard, have the opportunity for some education maybe later on in life, get a better job, maybe can afford to buy a house ... and by the end of their working life they are no longer in the bottom 20%, but say the middle 20% or maybe even the top 20%. That's an example of a good level of social mobility.
    But lots of people work hard all their lives and end up still in the the same economic level as they started 40 years previously - that's poor/bad social mobility.
    Whether a country has good, or bad, social mobility depends on how that society is structured, and also the culture of the society plays an important part too. For example, how good is the access to education? Or is the cost too much for poorer people. If someone wants to start a small business, how easy is it for them to borrow some money to get started? Also the cost and ease of transport to and from work (or a potential better-paying job further away) is an important factor. How easy is it for a person get help (eg: mentoring) to help them start a business and work to earn money?
    The reason "good social mobility" is important in any society is because is because it is not 'healthy' for people to have no hope in improving their situations in life, especially if they work very hard. People then feel "down-trodden" by being part of a permanent "under-class", and (naturally) they become restless because society is experienced by them as being unfair. All this creates tensions in society, which in general is not an nice way to live.
    (Hope this helps answer your questions)

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