ERIC Number: ED224742
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Fate of the Underclass in the Managerial Age: The Law of the Progressive Elimination of Surplus Population.
Darity, William, Jr.
With a change in emphasis of our economy from heavy industry, such as steel, to a computer and electronics base, there has emerged a new managerial class of professionals in administrative and technical positions. The underlying motivation of this class is not the pursuit of profit, but rather control of the economy and establishment of a perfect society, eliminating the wealthy capitalists and the poor and unemployed. During the height of industrialism, there was a surplus population of unemployed who were necessary to supply labor during expansion or to replace unproductive workers. Population control was considered at that time, but the poor were deemed necessary. In the new managerial society, the poor are a burden, and because so many blacks are poor and/or unemployed, they are particularly vulnerable to elimination by way of gradual population control, or the Law of the Progressive Elimination of Surplus Population. This population control would take several forms: (1) use of the underclass for sociological and scientific experiments; (2) mandatory sterilization of undesirables; (3) mandatory participation in family planning programs; and (4) easier availability of abortions for the underclass. It was also noted that other groups could become endangered species in the managerial society, such as those with mental, physical, and emotional disabilities, and minority races. (BY)
Descriptors: Abortions, Black Population Trends, Blacks, Capitalism, Economic Change, Economic Status, Family Planning, Futures (of Society), Industrialization, Lower Class, Minority Groups, Overpopulation, Prediction, Social Class, Social Discrimination, Socioeconomic Status, Technological Advancement, Unemployment, Unskilled Workers, Working Class
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Eugenics; Managerial Class; Population Control
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (San Francisco, CA, September, 1982).