I have written this in the hope that it will save me having to repeated explain what class privilege and class interests are. I doubt it will work as it is not in the interests of “anarcho”-capitalists to accept either as they demonstrate that “anarcho”-capitalism would be a dictatorship of the wealthy.
“Class privileges” is a collective term for all the advantages a person gets by being born into wealth. To demonstrate it, let’s look at two hypothetical couples.
Sammy and Sarah Smith are lazy. They prefer to beg, borrow, and steal rather than do any work, and they are consequently on the breadline. They have a child called Shawn.
Jimmy and Julie Jones are hard-working and industrious. Through their hard-work they have become exceptionally wealthy. They have a child called Joey.
I have stuck with the propertarian conception of the causes of wealth and poverty for the sake of simplicity. We will ignore all those capitalists who acquired their wealth through crooked and dishonest means, just as we’ll ignore all those in among the working class who work incredibly hard but for little or no reward.
Because the Smiths have no wealth Shawn gets only the most basic eduction. He is taught to read, write, and say “yes sir, how high, sir?”
Joey, on the other hand, gets the very best eduction, because his parents can afford it. He is taught how to manage a business, how to succeed in a capitalist society, and how to enjoy the high-life that is his “birthright”.
Shawn’s school friends will go on to be factory workers, shop attendants, and manual labourers. Joey’s school friends will be one day be among the corporate elite, or will be judges, politicians, or other powerful and influential allies.
It isn’t just at school that the children of the wealth-owning class are granted privileges. A stable home life has been proven to be an important contributing factor in academic success, and as a lack of money is the number one cause of marital strife, Shawn is likely to feel the effects far more than Joey is.
A health diet is also very important to those who want to excell at school, but working class parents can’t always afford to provide that, so again Shawn is given a disadvantage while Joey isn’t.
Even all this privilege, which gives children born into wealthy families an enormous advantage over those born into impoverished ones, isn’t enough. Joey is likely to be given an established business when he leaves school, or given access to enough capital to start his own. Shawn won’t get a business, or any capital, when he leaves school. If Shawn wants to start a business then he must work hard, and save the money he needs to spend on food and bills, to raise the capital.
Those born into wealth get advantages at every turn. They have so many advantages that it is almost impossible for them to “fail”. Those born into poverty get no advantages. They are effectively held-back so much that it is almost impossible for them to succeed.
While there is some movement between the classes, it is nowhere near enough to alter the fact that in a capitalist society, some are born to rule and others are born to serve. This is part of what gives “anarcho”-capitalism its distinctly feudalist flavour.
“Class interests” is the collective term for all the interests that are common to most, if not all, people of the same class.
The employing class, to take an obvious example, has certain class interests: ensuring workers’ wages are as low as possible, avoiding “wasting” money on “non-essentials” such as providing a safe workplace, preventing workers from doing anything to improve their lot, such as joining a union, and so on.
The employing class isn’t the only one with common interests. The political class has an interest in promoting representative democracy as the only possible avenue for change. It is also in their interest to prevent working class movements that threaten the wealth, power, and privilege of the ruling class, and to hide unsavory government activities from the public when it is possible to do so, and “spin” it in their favour when it isn’t.
The working class also has class interests. It is to the benefit of us, and our class, to fight for better wages, better working conditions, shorter hours, and more control over our work, with the ultimate aim of removing bosses altogether.
The lack of class analysis in “anarcho”-capitalist “thinking” results in a messy, shallow system that takes no account of the factors that lead to wealth and poverty. Until they can shrug off the ridiculous lie that we live in a classless society they will never understand that bosses and workers are on opposite sides of the divide and they can never be reconciled as long as there is an employing class ruling over us.