2020-07-29 v. 1
To a first approximation,
there are three classes in the USA.
At the top is the ruling elite,
the one percent of the one percent.
These are the owners and rulers.
I'll call them the masters.
Next, scrabbling for advantage in the
we find the professional-managerial class (PMC).
About 10-15% of the population,
the PMC is essential to the continued rule of the masters.
The PMC carries out most of the crucial missions of the masters,
of which the most important mission
might be maintaining the tribal divisions outside of the ruling elite.
In recognition of the importance of the PMC role,
I designate the PMC as minions.
At the bottom (85-90%) is everybody else.
As we used to say on Wall Street,
if you don't have a seat at the table,
you're on the menu.
Hence, I'll designate the bottom rung as muppets.
Muppets are a resource to be exploited by the minions
on behalf of the masters,
not unlike oil, lumber, and soil.
To keep the muppets in line,
a never-ending program of divide-and-conquer is played
by the minions in the media.
Muppets are divided into ever-narrower slices
according to the dictates of identity politics,
and are encouraged to hate each other and blame each other
for their ever-worsening conditions.
After long consideration, inspired to commit this to prose by Scipio Sattler.