"The new middle class of white-collar
employees is certainly not the political pivot of any balancing society.
It is in no way politically united. Its trade unions, such as they are,
often serve merely to incorporate it as a hanger-on of the labour interest.
For a considerable period the old middle class was an independent base
of power; the new middle class cannot be. Once political freedom and economic
security were anchored in small and independent properties; they were not
anchored in the worlds of the white-collar job. Once scattered property
holders were economically linked by more or less free markets; the jobs
of the new middle class are now integrated by corporate authority. Economically
the white-collar classes are in the same condition as wage workers; politically
they are in a worse condition, for they are not as organized. They are
no vanguard of historic change; they are at best a rearguard of the Welfare
State" (The Causes of World War III, 1958, p. 36).