How the Fearocracy Feeds Class Division

by Philip Jonkers

For sake of simplicity of argument I will model social reality using just two classes: the upper- and the lower class, or rich and poor.

The relatively small upper class rules over the relatively large lower class. As the upper class exploits the lower class, the former creates conscience-guilt with respect to the latter and it therefore builds up fear for reprisal coming from the lower class as they may seek to express their resentment against being subjected to exploitation. Through fear for the lower class, the upper class increases defensiveness against the deemed threatening lower class. Fueled by progressive paranoia, it increases its grip of terror-based control over the lower class. In turn, the poor is likely to increase hostility towards the increasingly repressive rich class. The rich may respond in kind and so the cycle of mutual resentment feeds the divergence between the upper- and lower class.

The nature of the fearocracy, i.e. government based on fear, is causative to the formation of the wedge of separation between the rich and the poor. As long as the upper class seeks to exploit the lower class, a widening wedge between rich and poor will emerge quite naturally through the mechanics of fear.