The Commander even tells Offred, “Better never means better for everyone...It always means worse, for some." How might this statement be in reference to social class?

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To answer this question, it is important to explain the context. The Commander had just asked Offred her perspective on Gilead. He does not give her a chance to respond; instead, he defends the structure of Gilead, in which men dictate the lives of women.

Reflecting on this question and applying it to a modern democratic society, think of the upper class possessing the majority of wealth compared to the lower class—the unequal distribution of wealth. According to the Washington Center for Equitable Growth,

Wealth is distributed in a highly unequal fashion, with the wealthiest 1 percent of families in the United States holding about 40 percent of all wealth and the bottom 90 percent of families holding less than one-quarter of all wealth.

In the United States, which is a capitalist society, individuals who possess the highest income are taxed more, in actual dollar amounts, than individuals of the lower class (i.e., people in the lower tax brackets). The government allocates money from the upper class to the lower class in order to support a more equal society overall. Yet there is much debate over how much the upper class should be taxed and where this money should be allocated. This is a central issue on which political parties clash.

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