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  •  And some translations based on what we... (0+ / 0-)

    ...now know about totalitarian social structure.

    The French Revolution.

    The class structure:

    The nobles (first estate)
    The clergy (second estate)
    Everyone else (third estate)

    The nobles = Orwell's inner party = the plutocracy (less than the 1%, "1%" is a political slogan, not a statement of conservative economic policy).

    The clergy (and various other parts of the palace court, ranging from the few technically skilled managers needed to run things to favored artists and philosophers) = Orwell's outer party = the managerial elite (basically the rest of the 1%).

    Everyone else = Orwell's proles = everyone else.

    To try and solve the problem of a bankrupt treasury they decided to raise taxes; but on only one of the estates, can you guess which one?
    Think about this.  Everyone, including the royalists, believed in gold as the basis of currency.  And the French royalty basically mouthed this off and then proceeded to issue debt like mad.  (Not to mention numerous ways to directly expropriate economic goods.)  We're not talking Keynes.  We're talking overfed drunks in a distillery.

    And of course, royal France was a theocracy.  (Modern secular France dates back to the early 1900s.  There are a few royalists left; they are far right wingers and raised money from U.S. fundamentalists to fund their fake anti-gay demonstrations.)

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