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I think the problem is there's a nostalgic hankering for a community and culture that never really existed.

Working class solidarity was a real thing for a while because everyone lived physically close.

But many of those 'happy families' were seething with alcoholism, physical and emotional child abuse, sexual abuse, violence, and other not so happy things. And things weren't any better in the other classes.

It wasn't that long ago that living in someone was still known as 'living in sin' by the religious nutters who owned public morality. The pressures to keep private transgressions behind a public mask were immense, and not very fun to live with.

If the Internet has done nothing else it has lifted the lid on relationships and experiences that would previously have remained hidden, and helped tolerance of real diversity.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 10:27:43 AM EST
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Working class solidarity was a real thing for a while because everyone lived physically close.

the upper class (best educated) had the solidarity of that, the lower class had the solidarity of the desperate, the brute strength of the docker or farmworker, but least education.

the middle class has the least solidarity, imo, as they are balanced between the other two, co-dependent on both.

in the last half-century education has become more universal, and children of all classes are seeing images and hearing the stories of the rest of the world, so have more global empathy.

that's why we see so much squeeze on the middle class now, they squeal louder than the poor who have often become sullenly accepting of their lot. the middle class had their expectations raised and now are looking down and seeing how far it is to fall.

watching footage of spain and seeing the unions lumbering to their feet here in italy too, rumblings in france and portugal, greece on its knees, the mix out on the street is from all classes other than the 1%, and the numbers are only going to go up as the cuts bite deeper.

a new solidarity of the 99% may be the best bet, and could be actually happening. if people are hauled away to jail for simply protesting, how many new jails and thugs to run them are they going to have to open tp accommodate them?

you can't just keep truncheoning people because they don't have a job because it was offshored, and still call yourself a democracy, can you?

people are starting to realise no-one is coming to rescue them, and if they don't stand up, no-one will.

this is the end result of lending too many energy-units at high interest, and now so much cream has been extracted there's no more milk!

so the solution of more debt to the problem that debt created?

genius!

people are effing fed up! when the french unions get in gear that will tip the balance, history rhymes...


'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 01:26:52 PM EST
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the middle class had their expectations raised and now are looking down and seeing how far it is to fall.
...you can't just keep truncheoning people because they don't have a job because it was offshored, and still call yourself a democracy, can you?
...this is the end result of lending too many energy-units at high interest, and now so much cream has been extracted there's no more milk!

Great observation. I am saving it to my files...

by vbo on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 05:10:28 PM EST
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