It does not come alone from the dissatisfied; one of the leading American newspapers, speaking from a conservative point of view, accepts the attitude, and distributes the classes in the following way. According to this writer, the “upper class” in American society consists of those whose income is above $100,000; the “upper middle,” of incomes from $6000 to $100,000; the “lower middle,” from $1000 to $6000; while the “lower class” consists of those whose whole income is below $1000. As applied, this practically keeps farmers, mechanics, and day laborers in the lower class; ordinary professional men, shopkeepers, head clerks
, judges, and Congressmen in the lower middle; the best-paid men of these pursuits in the upper middle; while the higher class includes only great speculators or mine-owners or owners of real estate
or employers of labor on a large scale-or else the children and heirs of these last classes.
Of course the whole classification is frankly based on wealth alone, leaving birth, education, or character out of sight, except, perhaps, as recognizing that brains at least have some share in money-making.
Of the golden rule there is not a hint, nor is there any recognition of the fact that in some