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.
VDH realizes how important we farmers are, the ancient Chinese understood, notice that bankers ranked at the bottom of Chinese society because they produced nothing of value, maybe some truth here?
The king and his family were placed on the top most level of the ancient Chinese social pyramid. These people were the most respected, owned the largest amount of land and the people in the entire kingdom.
The Shi were the gentry scholars in the time of ancient Zhou and Shang dynasties. These were regarded as the low level aristocratic lineage in the social structure. They also possessed certain privileges that other people were not given like they had the right of riding in chariots and command the battles from their mobile chariots.
Agriculture played a vital role in the rise of the China’s civilization. The food produced by the farmers or the Nongs sustained the whole society. Therefore, they were considered as the valuable members of the society.
The Gong class consisted of Artisans and craftsman. They were higher in position than that of the merchants. They also had a significant role for the country.
This class was the lowest in the Chinese social hierarchy because they didn’t produce anything and gained profit from other organizations. This particular social class comprised of shopkeepers, bankers, sellers and traders.
Chinese Social Hierarchy
Social Class in early China
Taken from Social Hierarchy of Ancient China. (n.d.). Accesses May 23, 2016, from