Monday, 18 May 2015
In Chapter 21, Earth is a single state but its society is stratified economically and even genetically. However, the state lacks funds. Colonel Torwen Jormack from Canda, of the Supreme Staff, wants to intensify the tax burden both on Terrestrial subjects and on the Kith interstellar traders but he is canny enough not to want to goad the Kith into abandoning Earth. From Canda is a conscious and calculating class warrior. He simply accepts that economic classes have opposed interests and plans how to further the interests of his own class against all others.
If I were on Earth at that time, then I would oppose from Canda's plans but what would be the alternative? Convene a meeting of the leaders and representatives of all social groups to formulate policies in the best interests of society as a whole? This could be tried but history tells us that the ruling elite would either refuse to participate in such a meeting or alternatively would use it to promote their sectional interests as identical with the social interest. (Roman patricians: "We are the belly; you are the members. If we are not fed, then you starve as well." See here.)
Thus, more active resistance would be needed: strikes; work place occupations; organized resistance to military repression. However, the Kith have what is regarded as the ultimate freedom in American sf, for example in James Blish's They Shall Have Stars and in several works by Anderson. They can leave the Solar System, never to return.