privilege is the practice of protecting the economic, political,
and social benefits of one class while systematically denying
such benefits to other classes. Some of these protected
benefits should clearly be enjoyed by all--control over
home and work place, access to a good education, influence
in the political process.
of these protected benefits, while commonly accepted in
our society, perhaps should not be granted to anyone--for
instance, the right to unlimited accumulation of wealth,
and the right to own other people's homes or to control
their working conditions. These privileges place a tiny
minority's "right" to make money over the majority's right
to a decent life.
classism means working to abolish these unjust privileges,
while finding ways to secure the essential privileges for
We Gave Away a Fortune
, by Christopher Mogil and
Anne Slepian (New Society Publishers, 1992).
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