Comment 72785

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted January 06, 2012 at 10:28:04 in reply to Comment 72772

The only way to come close to getting rid of these damaging social markers is to have the state take over the raising of the children.

Yikes. The "state" solution is never the only solution. And it rarely really works. Consider the military - one part of society which has done quite a good job at eliminating (obvious) class distinctions among its ranks. It would be a huge leap from there to say that people on a military base are "free" or "equal".

There are lots of other ways to address these damaging social markets. We can call them out, expose them, or even mock them (ala the Hummer) until they no longer bestow social capital ("aren't cool anymore"). We can do what we want, rather than what people of our class are 'supposed' to do. And we can place a social stigma on class-based prejudices ("snobbery"). All things considered, we're a far more culturally egalitarian society than we used to be, and more than many like us (Britain, America etc).

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