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In order to understand what is meant by the exploitation of classes being natural and part of human history it is essential to understand Klobys discussion on the perceived notions of human nature He explains how we have come to believe that humans are inherently selfish and aggressive andbound to seek power for themselves and that the structure of society is a reflection of peoples innate character Kloby 6 He explains that humans spent most of their existence hunting and gathering and sharing what they had with one another that this structure of inequality is relatively new on the scene of human history Kloby 6 He states that the way society is structured today with a great amount of inequality is not a reflection of human nature rather it has caused a low degree of social solidarity Kloby 7 and also for humans to justify their exploitation of lower classes Domhoff does not give any specific examples but instead explains how policies are driven by economics by describing policy planning networks He describes how in the United States the corporate community and the upper-class the power elite is the main force behind groups that create policies for the nation Domhoff says the power elite provide many resources for these policy planning groups such as finances legal advice and also by deciding the general direction these groups will take Domhoff 69 Although Congress has the final say in what policies will be enforced the influence of the power elite is still exercised The members of Congress were elected to office and as Domhoff puts it the candidate-selection process is relatively individualistic and therefore dependant upon name recognition and personal image it can be in part controlled by members of the power elite through large campaign donations 136 Basically the power elite who generally controls policy planning groups also control decisions made by Congressmen who in turn decide what policies are implemented and which are not
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