Words on the Third Estate
Why the Third Estate? Why the French Revolution reference? Without drawing into deeply, without making this a history lesson, the Third Estate is the governing body of the people. Prior to the disposal of the French Monarchy, the social and political system off France was broken down into three bodies, three estates – all of which exist today though only one estate claims actual political power. The First Estate was that of the Clergy, as France was still a very Catholic nation. The Second Estate was that of the ruling class, the nobility. The third estate, the remaining 97% of the nation, was that of the people. The disparagement in authority was that 3% of antique France controlled 66% of the political authority, giving complete veto power to the First and Second estate as long as they sided together.
For those still with me, I urge you to hold on, for this blog is still in the introductory phase.
While a powerful fourth estate has been added since the days of the French Revolution – that of the media – the isolation of the Third Estate is no less complete.