Listening to Bernie Sanders we get the impression that we are all middle class now. The mere fact of having a regular income and owning a home makes one a bona fide member of the Middle, but this is a far cry from any real definition of our socio-economic class system.
Capitalism’s revolution has not yet come into full flower. It has not quite reached its desired end. When in 1681, when the bourgeois state was still on the future horizon, Louis XIV’s powerful finance minister asked the merchants of France how the king might best help them, M. Le Gendre stated with beautiful prescience the destiny of Capitalism in saying: “Laissez-nous faire” (“Let us be”).