What Chuck Collins described has been known as privilege ... a special advantage, immunity or benefit not enjoyed by all. Though the advantages of privilege have nearly always existed, they are augmented under monopoly and oligopoly capitalism.
The widespread knowledgeable difference today, rather than a century ago, is the actual factual content and volume of information that is available to the masses via the Internet.
I find it extremely disheartening that a large portion of the electorate actually believes that a "person of privilege" has the ability to understand the struggles and desires of the working class.
How can a person of privilege truly represent the working class? Answer: He or she can't ... and won't!
“Just as you cannot see, at pleasure, with your ears and you cannot, at will, hear with your eyes so too you cannot make the state act in the interests of the working people."
– Rudolph Rocker