Many years ago, only the elite members of society were literate.
In some places, it was even ILLEGAL for commoners / peasants / slaves to be literate, for example:
- 1500s Korea: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hangul#Opposition
- 1800s America: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-literacy_laws_in_the_United_States
Now that we are allegedly in a more enlightened era, there is no way to use the alphabet itself to distinguish commoners from nobility.
But in this proposal, a new “rich people only” alphabet is created, and the top 1% of each nation’s wealthiest individuals are automatically granted a license to use it (see Figure 1). These letters are forbidden to the common peasantry, and use of these letters by non-authorized individuals, either in handwriting or as a font, would be extremely illegal.
Since the letters in this proposal are so similar to existing English letters (see Figure 2), no additional education is necessary! Just install the font, and you’re good to go, provided you meet the stringent total wealth requirements (approximately $9,000,000 U.S. dollars for United States residents).
If you are starting a utopian community on an oil platform in the sea, you should consider implementing this proposal!
PROS: Would encourage extremely rich people to file accurate tax returns, so they could secure their ability to use this exclusive font. Would streamline the process of arresting subversive individuals: the secret police could simply plant this font on the targeted individual’s computer.