Okay so let me paraphrase you say here and just point out differences in opinion.
Superstructure, or in other words, our culture (by which you mean production, political institutions and [the rest of?] society), is “minimally impactful in relation to who makes it to the top.”
First off I don’t agree with what you have to say here. I don’t think it is minimally impactful. How are political institutions minimally impactful to who is at the top? Political institutions seem to have been the pillars of corruption throughout the centuries, as is the case now.
Secondly, you say that if I would use the term “culture” (now meaning a collection of “norms” and “mores”), “then for a whole lot of reasons, culture could be completely anti-rich, anti-corporation, and it doesn’t effect much about who makes it to the top.”
Yes. I agree with the first part of your statement. I disagree with how you don’t think it has any effect on “who makes it to the top.”
How does that not have a negative effect for the poor to make it to the top?
That is the most significant contributing factor for keeping poor people poor and rich people rich — which is an observed reality.
Thirdly, I never said “culture decides.” And I really don’t think there’s a difference between what culture decides and what culture “restricts,” to borrow the term from you.
You describe the distinction as:
“culture acts to unfairly restrict some but not all and thereby acts to restrain some people from reaching the top, then obviously that’s true, but that’s not the same as saying ‘culture decides.’ ”
If I were to say culture decided, then I’d automatically be implying that culture restricts certain things. Yet I never said it. If you are sticking to your definition of culture as a superstructure (that is, culture being built on production, politics, etc.), then I think that that would literally imply that.
What I am trying to say in my third point is, that you have not made the distinction clear, at best. At worst, you are simply making up terms.
Fourthly, you point out how it’s difficult to calculate the “theoretical social calculus” — something that I have not mentioned, nor implied.
I don’t think that counting anything is necessary. A simple observation will suffice. The top is a social structure that we have created, because of (most likely) evolutionary reasons.
To finish this response, I really don’t understand what you are disagreeing with. You say you disagree with the statement that the elite class is a social structure, yet you go on to say that culture can create different social classes to be on the top, such as the poor. Then you go on to say that these social distinctions are difficult to “calculate.”
It seems as if you have not given this enough thought. You are disagreeing with me but then you fail to provide sufficient grounds for agreeing with you. You don’t even have a clear conclusion from your paragraph for me to follow. I’m guessing it’s your second sentence:
Our culture, especially as separate from all the other elements of the superstructure, is minimally impactful in relation to who makes it to the top.
After which you go on an escapade of explaining things that are unrelated to the discussion: why certain people (in this case) are at the top.
My Conclusion: Our temporary culture believes in a social structure that puts rich & affluent people at the TOP. The social structure is determined by the people (us — including production, political institutions, & history) that live in it due to factors that they have little influence over (such as biological evolution & cultural evolution).
If you want to read more on my opinions of postmodernism — they are very positive — then you can read them here.
But nevertheless I do appreciate your comment. Next time try abstaining from vulgar language, it will open up your opposition to your argument.
Also, we live in a time which crucially needs intellectual people that are sensitive, calm, & clear-minded.
You are clearly a “thinking man.” Yet your motivations for thinking from your comments are unclear. They don’t seem to to be uttered for the sake of persuasion, clarity, or civil discourse.
They rather seem to be the result of a trolling culture that seems ineffective and unnecessary.
Nevertheless, all the best my friend.