The Middle Class on the verge of extinction, again
The social class that Luis Buñuel once found “discreetly charming” may disappear.
- Tuesday, 28 October 2014
On the other hand, as Louise Willey, a Price- WaterhouseCoopers consultant points out, next year will see the Asian and Pacific middle classes surpass, in sheer numbers, their peers in Europe and North America. The financial disruption that crushed American household wealth and threw Europeans out of jobs is usually cited as a cause of the alleged demise of the middle class. Yet Time Magazine ran an article decrying the same phenomenon as long ago as 2001, citing automation as the cause.