Does California have a Caste System?
It is a strange question to ask, but does California have a caste system? According to one writer’s opinion, California does have a caste system that is comparable to the caste system that is usually associated with India. A caste system is a formal structure where society is categorized based on the hereditary division of the population into the highest caste and various castes below. The wealthiest elite are the highest caste, while the working class is the bottom of the caste system. Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, states:
When the elites bother to consider members of the working class, they regard them as a source of tax revenue and little more. Ideally, to their way of thinking, they exist to pay taxes and not make waves.
Coupal places the politicians and members of the government at the second highest spot on the caste system and the non-working poor right below them. Coupal argues that the politicians mimic what the elites’ concerns are and that politicians need the non-working poor to buy their votes through extensive entitlement programs when it is time for reelection, which the lowest class (working class) ends up paying for.
This is an interesting point of view of California that tries to explain why things are the way they are in the state and maybe it will change people’s opinion about where they lie on the supposed caste system.