Prior to the establishment of classical liberalism, society was organized into three social classes: The First, Second, and Third Estates. Moving from one class to another was nearly impossible, as one stayed in the particular class that they were born into. Classical liberalism began to change this, making it possible for for people to move to higher classes based on wealth. The economic freedom now given to citizens allowed them to take risks in business, not be interfered with by the government and so earn their fortune. Under classical liberalism, everyone had rights and freedom and were equal under the rule of law. These changes to the class system clearly display principles of classical liberalism.