How Whole Foods, yoga, and NPR became the hallmarks of the modern elite

For thousands of years, people are displaying their status by what they owned – fancy clothes, castles, art, expensive cars.

Often, visa status symbols signify that you had plenty of leisure time on your hands. A woman wearing a tight corset wasn’t in a position to be able to do much manual labor.

Now, in part due to mass production, status is often designated by lifestyle choices. In many ways, that makes society even more stratified than before.

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