It’s been a while. The “Wuhan” virus, now known as Covid-19, or SARS-CoV-2 is now a global pandemic (“WHO Director-General’s opening remarks”, 2020). Some countries have closed their borders, limiting international travel, and ordered businesses to shut down.
While Singapore was one of the first countries to be struck by the virus, our response was swift. Contact tracing and temperature screening were the two strategies to track down Covid-19 suspects. Individuals received Leave of Absence, and Stay Home Notices. The message was clear: Stay Home.
Marx (as cited in Appelrouth & Edles, 2015, p. 39) famously said: “The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas”. He framed the concepts of a ruling class and ideas within the context of a capitalistic society. Marx ultimately claimed that the workers would unite and eventually overthrow the ruling class once they realised a common consciousness. Contrary to his claims, history paints no such scenario.
In an article “Can money buy class?”, Dodgson (2019) writes about findings from a Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) survey that sought to identify what “high class” and “low class” meant to citizens. It is important to note that the survey included two open-ended questions with light prompting that asked respondents to “imagine” and describe a person they would consider as being of a high or low class. This suggests that respondents had to internalise class concepts, displaying a form of “class consciousness” (Marx & Engels, 2002), in order to provide qualitative answers.