Harry Braverman classically observed that Frederick Winslow Taylor’s refinement and promotion of the principles of scientific management was “nothing less than the explicit verbalization of the capitalist mode of production.”
In a system as forceful and predictable as this one, this system-speaking happens quite often, if you listen for it.
One figure who has managed to voice the regime is none other than good ole Joseph Robinette Biden, presumptive seller of the Democratic Party brand, 2020 edition.
In a May 8 address to the Brookings Institution, Biden revealed his theory of social class:
[W]hen the middle class does well, everybody does very, very well. The wealthy do very well and the poor have some light, a chance. They look at it like maybe me, there may be a way.
So, to clarify: When the wealthy do “very well,” the middle does “well,” and the workers get “some light, a chance.” And this is the ideal — the way the system is, in Biden’s world, supposed to work.
This premise is exactly, precisely the disguised content of all the “middle class” talk that has always been the Democratic Party elite’s proffered reply to the Reagan Revolution.
Upon Millsian translation into plain language, this, of course, IS the core claim of the Reagan Revolution: Say’s Law, a.k.a. trickle-down economics, a.k.a. the timeless maxim of the masters of mankind, a.k.a. Douglass’s rule.