ruling_class has definitions from the field of sociology
[ noun ] (sociology) the class of people exerting power or authority

Used in print

(J. H. Hexter, "Thomas More: On the Margins...)

Moreover , it is too readily forgotten that in the Republic what gave the initial impetus to Plato 's excursus into the construction of an imaginary commonwealth with its ruling-class communism of goods , wives , and children , was his quest for a canon for the proper ordering of the individual human psyche ; and it is to this problem that the Republic ultimately returns .

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