A middle class family is a social stratum that is above the working class and is below the upper class. The middle class usually consists of low levels managers, small businessmen, and white collar job workers this makes about a third of a country’s employed population. The middle class income is usually higher as compared to that of the working class but lower in comparison to that of upper middle class who includes the lawyers, doctors, middle sized businessmen, engineers and the upper class (Brian, 2007). Education and education are the clear cuts that distinguish the working class and the middle class families.
Earning a living, seriousness and moral purpose is what apparently distinguishes the upper class and the middle class families. Currently, a large number of respondents happen to be middle class classified and through typical survey, they are as many as 80 percent in the United States. The term Middle class family is more inclined to refer to a status rather than a class. For people to be classified as a middle class or otherwise the following is considered; working physical conditions, consumption habits and education level rather than how they are related to the means of production (Brian, 2007).
Dangers of Shrinking Middle Class
Shrinking middle class poses a great danger of a country losing its value. For the prosperity of a nation’s economy, there is a need to continue being product producing nation which will in turn assist in fueling the nation’s service industry. If anybody is to blame for the shrinking of the middle class, the rich are in the front line. Jobs are created by the wealthy, they are still the ones who build factories, industries and warehouses and without this the middle class are left jobless when people are left jobless then the country will not get taxes and therefore there will be no capital to fuel the country’s economy thus services offered to the people by the government will be not enough and up to par (Brian, 2007).
A society with no social classes, no difference in people’s wealth, income and life chance would be a society without hierarchy or individual interests, people would be working out for the best interest of the whole community and not personal gains. There would be no poor and rich people and no one would be termed as superior to the other. Everybody would have a place to sleep, something to eat and cloths to ware. Max Weber defines a class as a set of people who possess the same socioeconomic status. In Max Weber’s theory, he emphasized the significance of maintaining class distinctions social classes happens to be universal people are classified by wealth, ability, education, where they live, power, or occupation (Tremain, 1977). This means that a society with no social classes is perceived to belong to single class.
The Death Penalty
The death penalty happens to be a non effective deterrent to crime. According to research done on the same, shows the instituting the death penalty on the convicts has no or little effect in reducing or lowering the crime rates. The reason for this is that once a person is executed, the offender cannot be in a position to commit any other crime. It might look as if the though of receiving a death penalty would prevent a prospective murderer from coming the crime but research have shown that a criminal or the murderer have no though of the weight of punishment that would be instituted once in the hands of the law (Radelet, 2009).
The United States stands for death penalty but contrary to what is expected, the murderer rate of United States is high as compared to those countries that are not in for death penalty. Surprisingly, the south, which undertakes more than 80 percent of the United States executions, has the highest rate of murderer in the four regions. Death penalty in America is only seen as a means of reducing the number of convicts in the already overcrowded prisons and as a means of revenge to those affected by the offender’s actions (Radelet, 2009). Most of the developing countries have ceased using capital punishment as a means or reducing the crime rates because to them it simply does not have any implications. For instance, Japan strongly supports the death penalty, the public is this support since in the past few years there have been a couple of serious crimes. Philippine was one of the first countries in Asia to abolish capital punishment. South Korea has addressed the issue of capital punishment and is in the process of abolishing death penalty.
My position on the issue of death penalty is that I personally don’t think that it stands a better position to be a deterrent to crimes. Considering what happens in the United States, if death penalty really solves issues of crime then, United States would be the country with the lowest number of crime rates. Again instilling death penalty can end up executing innocent people who are wrongly convicted. Therefore I would not advocate the use of death penalty as a means of crime reduction. On my own opinion I do stand with the act of abolishing capital punishment since it is over time proved to not being reliable, many innocent lives have also been taken and still I think there is a better way of dealing with offenders rather than executing them. Public edification can be carried out to enlighten the people on the issues of crime.
For the youths who have been convicted for violent crime, to me instituting death penalty would not be a good idea this is because most youths act under peer influence and they may find themselves doing things just to prove themselves, they are also undergoing physical and mental growth and this may put them in situation that they even never anticipated to be in. I also think that youths are too young to die and that even if they have committed a violent crime, they still deserve a second chance. My proposal would be taking them to a rehabilitation center where they can be transformed to better persons.