The Capitalist Class
The Capitalist Class refers to the social class consisting of those at the top 1% of the upper class, according to income. Members of this class possess great wealth and power. Typically they work in such occupational fields as bureaucrats, politicians, globalizing professionals, CEO’s, and business executives. The majority of those belonging to the Capitalist Class earn the majority of their income through successful investments and capital gains. The very rich often control corporations and many have some political power.
Many use their influence in the political, economic, and public arenas. They project images of themselves as citizens of the world and often lend their time and money to social and economic causes overseas such as AIDS awareness or food distribution in impoverished countries. Although the wealthiest will use their presence as a means of influence, their lifestyle and values do not have much impact on the country. Often times they are considered to be elitists, and not well respected by the lower classes.
Although the rest of the classes many look down on their lavishness, the very rich together share similar lifestyles. You can see patterns in their higher education, consumption of luxury goods and services, exclusive entertainment venues, and increasing residential segregation. In many high-end residential areas, the Capitalist Class will live in gated communities or in parts of the country known for its large properties.
Throughout their lives, members of the upper-most layer of society tend to receive a very distinctive education. Many will be educated in private or boarding schools in prestigious neighborhoods. Most will continue their higher education at Ivy League colleges and universities or other prestigious state schools. Some upper-class children may attend public high school, or go to a state university if there is one of great esteem and tradition in their home state. However, the system of...