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An obvious characteristic of Progressive Materialism is the socio-economic disparities between those who have progressed and improved themselves, or who have inherited such advantages, and those who have not. Progressed and improved in this case refers to those who are economically advantaged or the wealthy. The economic disparities that are inherent to every culture are due primarily to the inequality of income for the human labor that produces every commodity and service. Theoretically the profits from any economic enterprise could be shared equally. But this is almost never the case. It is true that some people do things that others cannot. Some people do more than others in terms of labor, stress, responsibility or time and energy. Education, intelligence and skill levels, experience, ambition, energy, imagination are all generally unequal. Earnings of the individual are based on the ability and skill of the worker in terms of efficiency, as opposed to equity. However every person working in an economic concern performs some job essential to the finished product or otherwise they wouldn't be there. Capitalist enterprises do not pay for help they do not need. In fact, in order for any product or service to be produced, workers are necessary and would have to be paid whatever they asked, if the labor market were not almost always in excess of the jobs available, causing people to work for what they can get. This indicates that every worker has an equivalent importance in terms of the end product. And yet as necessary as every individual component is, the wage paid can be astronomical for the owners and managers and barely a living for those at the bottom.

Rather than the wage scale being set up to benefit the many in an equitable way, it is set up so as to produce the greatest efficiency of Excess and Profit. The hierarchal system inherent in Progressive Materialism is convenient to those on top.

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