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All of these are very good questions, and they show how necessary it is to contextualize wealthholding and class. I’d like to respond to each of your questions in turn.
Both of your questions are very good, and I think they highlight the degree to which class has to be interpreted in light of other factors.
This is an interesting comparison. As I read it, I found myself asking the following questions, most of which could be folded into one about representativeness. Since nothing is representative of everything and everything is representative of something, don't take these to be criticisms so much as questions aimed at thinking through the data.
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