The class structure of America

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(Whittaker Chambers—"Witness", 1952, p. 616)

At the time Witness was written, the "working class" referred to factory men parasitized by communist unions, while the "middle class" were service professionals, shopkeepers, and small business owners. The upper class were Shadow Party-aligned "looters" as described in Atlas Shrugged (1957). By the early 21st century, unions (aside from academia and government) had fallen by the wayside as private-sector production fled the United States and the Rust Belt fell into ruin. The lowest classes are now welfare recipients and affirmative action-mandated hires who uniformly vote Democrat, and the middle class now represents anyone who is productive based on merit.