The Mask Comes Off in a Two-Tier Society Where There’s One Rule for Elites and Another for the Rest of Us

The Mask Comes Off in a Two-Tier Society Where There’s One Rule for Elites and Another for the Rest of Us. By James Pinkerton.

Note who’s wearing masks at the recent Emmy’s:

Hannah Waddingham

Jean Smart

And at the recent Met Gala:

Megan Fox

Jordan Roth

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe

Meanwhile, the rules get tougher for the rest of us. For instance, the University of Southern California demands that its law students — almost all of whom are young and healthy — wear masks indoors at all times. If they wish to eat or drink, they must do so outdoors. …

In ancient Rome, … the senatorial order wore one purple stripe on their togas; this was the latus clavus. At the same time, the equestrian order wore two purple stripes; this was the clavus angustus. Needless to say, the plebeians were not allowed to wear such attire, let alone slaves.So there you have it: The hierarchy made itself visible at a glance, using bits of fabric.

It’s not just masks. Facebook was recently busted for secretly allowing certain people more privileges:

Earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal reported on Facebook’s two-tier system. As the Journal put it,

Mark Zuckerberg has publicly said Facebook Inc. allows its more than three billion users to speak on equal footing with the elites of politics, culture and journalism, and that its standards of behavior apply to everyone, no matter their status or fame.

Yet in reality, the Journal revealed, some six million Facebook users — about 0.2 percent of the total user base — are in an elite category, known as “XCheck.” According to the newspaper, XCheck means that “in private, the company has built a system that has exempted high-profile users from some or all of its rules.”

Indeed, the Journal quoted one internal memo asserting that XCheck is “a breach of trust,” and adding, “We are not actually doing what we say we do publicly.” The memo continued, “Unlike the rest of our community, these people can violate our standards without any consequences.”

Yes, how ‘bout that: A double standard. Two tiers.

If the Wentworth Report was on Facebook we would be constantly self censoring and omitting stuff.

hat-tip Stephen Neil