Class conflict on the bus
I had an epic journey to H. & R. Block on public transportation. Strong lumpenproletariat ridership, lots of people under some sort of compliance regimen, like methadone or a court order. Some oldsters, some moms with babies in carriers. So at one point we're making our way down a service road by a medical clinic, and an elderly woman walks out into the road in front of the bus:
She walks about half a block, then turns off the road and gets into her car. The bus speeds up and pulls away onto the main road.
"She drives a Mercedes. You drive a Mercedes, you don't have to follow the rules."
"People who drive Cadillacs don't have to follow the rules either!"
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I don't take the bus every day, but I've taken it often enough over the years. I've never heard a conversation like that. Now, I wouldn't run out and raise the red flag because of it; the conversationalists are pretty beaten down day to day, and in any case may not be especially good planners especially for the long term. But I'd call this a change in the zeitgeist. The lumpenproletariat is pretty concrete and conservative in its thinking. If this idea has gotten to them, it's pervasive.