We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
America does have social classes, to some extent, based on all sorts of familial tribal signaling and shared understanding, but the mystery to most pundits especially on the Left is income mobility among economic levels. Social class and income are not the same thing. See "genteel poverty." Via The poor don't stay poor, the rich don't stay rich:
The data showed that fully 56 percent of those who in 2001 were in the lowest 20 percent quintile of income earners had moved up to a higher income quintile by 2007. At the opposite end of the spectrum, 66 percent of those who in 2001 were in the highest quintile of income earners dropped at least one quintile by 2007. And, as Perry notes on his Carpe Diem blog, lest anybody think the period spanning those years might not be representative because of the housing boom that triggered the Great Recession of 2008, data cited by the Fed point to the same pattern of high income mobility from 1996 to 2005. Fully 57.5 percent of those in the top 1 percent of income earners dropped to a lower quintile by 2005, while 57.8 percent of those in the lowest quintile in 1996 moved to a higher one by 2005.
In America, economic "class" is just a moment in time for most people.
There is a group who are more nearly trapped in their economic class by the culture they've chosen...the welfare recipients whose cultural norm is that you shouldn't be too good or too smart, you shouldn't bother to stick around and raise the kids you fathered or support the woman who bore them...those who believe that education and self betterment is a "white" thing, and that they are oppressed, so they shouldn't even try to raise themselves out of the sewer... those who live on the welfare plantation are highly likely to raise ignorant violent offspring who if they aren't killed or jailed continue to raise more ignorant violent offspring...
The Great Society and it's "unintended" consequences.
The Barrister: The data showed that fully 56 percent of those who in 2001 were in the lowest 20 percent quintile of income earners had moved up to a higher income quintile by 2007. At the opposite end of the spectrum, 66 percent of those who in 2001 were in the highest quintile of income earners dropped at least one quintile by 2007.
That primarily shows intragenerational mobility, not intergenerational. Turns out that, in the U.S., a fathers' economic position is a strong predictor of the son's economic position.
Isaacs, International Comparisons of Economic Mobility, Pew Foundation