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Medieval times were an era that spanned from the fall of the Roman Empire to the fifteenth century. Medieval society was divided into three estates, or what we call social classes. One was a member of the clergy, a member of nobility, or a member of the commoners. When I look closely at contemporary society, it is apparent that we are also divided into estates or classes. We have the big corporations, the government, and the people.

The first estate, the clergy of today, is the big corporations. The big corporations are the largest and most powerful interest in the country. With their power and money, they are able to persuade the government and other businesses. They determine who gets to the top level of politics. Politicians depend greatly on corporate funding for their campaigns. The second estate, today’s nobility, would be the government. The president would be the king, who stands outside of the system of estates. In this class you would also find other government officials as well as Congress and the Senate. As in medieval times, the government consists of the smallest percent of our population. Their lives are also funded by the tax-payers and they receive tremendous lifetime benefits not available to the common people. The third estate, the commoners, is the people. This basically refers to the rest of society. The third estate consists of the average everyday person. This is the largest group of all. These are the laborers, the small business owners and many others. Again, as in medieval times, the first and second estates live off the labor of the third. It is remarkable to see how the same system of estates is still very much a part of contemporary society. As in Medieval society, middle class is pretty much non-existent. The nobility of our nation are living well as the commoners are forced to pay more taxes…...

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