ruling class

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Noun1.ruling class - the class of people exerting power or authority
upper class, upper crust - the class occupying the highest position in the social hierarchy
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He thought he lived in a country where turkeys were the ruling class, and every year they held a feast to manifest their sense of Heaven's goodness in sparing their lives to kill them later.
Finally, in times when the class struggle nears the decisive hour, the process of dissolution going on within the ruling class, in fact within the whole range of society, assumes such a violent, glaring character, that a small section of the ruling class cuts itself adrift, and joins the revolutionary class, the class that holds the future in its hands.
And here it becomes evident, that the bourgeoisie is unfit any longer to be the ruling class in society, and to impose its conditions of existence upon society as an over-riding law.
Among them, he said, he had found keen intellects and brilliant wits, ministers of the Gospel who had been broken because their Christianity was too wide for any congregation of mammon- worshippers, and professors who had been broken on the wheel of university subservience to the ruling class.
He had held an official position of some nature, and he and his family were of the ruling class but were not members of the court.
to the beginning of the fifth, the island was a Roman province, with Latin as the language of the ruling class of Roman immigrants, who introduced Roman civilization and later on Christianity, to the Britons of the towns and plains.
The ruling class must have more, but they must have these, giving in every company the sense of power, which makes things easy to be done which daunt the wise.
Reds under the bed scare tactics IT is something of a political tradition in this country that whenever the ruling class and its political agents, the Tory Party, fear rising support for Socialism in the populace, they resort to "Reds Under the Bed" scaremongering and smears.
Adam Pal, who writes for In Defence of Marxism, said, "This project of Chinese imperialism has led to a veritable frenzy of corrupt scheming on the part of the degenerate Pakistani ruling class.
The meeting, hosted by Awami Workers Party, deliberated upon the current economic and political situation and it was agreed that the mainstream political parties of the ruling class have miserably failed to present the solution of growing economic and political crisis of the country.
It's obvious elements of the English Ruling Class never change.
It is linked in particular, historically, to the labor movement, the working class, in defiance of the ruling class, which really should not be using it.