C. Wright Mills
| C. Wright Mills |
|Born||Charles Wright Mills|
28 August 1916
Waco, Texas, USA
|Died||20 March 1962 (Age 45)|
West Nyack, New York, USA
Cause of death
|Victim of||Premature death|
A sociologist who helped expose the US Ruling class
Charles Wright Mills was a US sociologist.
In 1956, C. Wright Mills published The Power Elite about the US ruling class.
Mills observed that a small group of wealthy and powerful individuals controlled America’s dominant institutions (i.e., political, economic and military). More specifically, the governing elite in the U.S. are comprised of:
- 1) the highest political leaders, including the president and a few key cabinet members and advisors,
- 2) major corporate owners and directors, and
- 3) the highest-ranking military officers.
Mills reportedly suffered from a series of heart attacks throughout his life and his fourth attack led to his death on 20 March 1962 in West Nyack, New York.
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