Rentier Class

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Rentier Class

A class of people who rely largely on rent, pensions, or similar means for their income. For example, a landlord who agrees to rent out a house for a set amount each month for a year is a member of the rentier class. So is a pensioner living on a fixed income. The rentier class may be particularly susceptible to bouts of high inflation.
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The social and distribution policy practiced by Saudi Arabia is of a completely different nature which, in view of the huge wealth accumulated thanks to the oil godsend, has led to the creation of various "rentier classes" of which some are privileged, indeed.
In Imperialism it is finance that directs what Cain calls a 'Gramscian' alliance of opportunist politicians, industrialists and academics, under-employed workers and the 'parasitic' rentier classes settled in the Home Counties.