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.
Seems to me that the plantations system in the South had more in common with the elite/peasant system south of the border given the need for large enterprises using lots of unskilled labor. The South even suffered a degree of economic stagnation due to the hold over institutions but I think in the long run fares better due to the free flow of ideas inside the Union.
The other observation is the elite/peasant system's inherent need to keep the peasants uneducated. In the US, we broke this for a bit but in many ways the results of urban education, imposed more widely on African-Americans, seems to be designed to create a poor, illiterate population for exploitation by the elites. As they aren't really needed for labor, one can only speculate that the Dems (mostly) do this for political power?
"Racist!" the term has evolved a new primary definition as the catch-word for "Hands Off My Poor People!"
The old primary definition is losing meaning and utility, as it is so often bowdlerized into any number of meanings, with no way of signaling which is which and when --that is, without an accompying photograph of the speaker and the spoken-to (IOW, a full context footnote --the very thing that language evolves in order to moot).