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You are assuming facts not in evidence. a) a good part of the working class doesn't think it is wealthy If they don't seem to care about economic issues it is because they have resigned. And b) the divide in so called social issues is a young/old divide. Not a class divide.

 While I don't have proof at my fingertips either, at least I do have an example: the pirates in Germany get a very considerable share of working-class votes. And diffuse as they are, social conservatives they are not.

by IM on Thu Jul 19th, 2012 at 04:03:50 AM EST
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I suspect this whole "the working class is social conservative" spiel is mostly based on party leaders deciding that the working class wants what they are ready to give them. Uneasy about job security and cuts in the healthcare system? Well how about we restrict immigration?
by generic on Thu Jul 19th, 2012 at 06:54:00 AM EST
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In the UK the working class are famously racist. Labour was never entirely immune to this.

Unfortunately they don't get that immigration and job theft are always allowed because they lower wages.

So it's trivially easy for demagogues to encourage immigration for business, then turn it into a political issue at election time.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Jul 19th, 2012 at 07:39:29 AM EST
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Worse here in the US, which is why we have a significant part of the electorate riled up over a non-white president.
by rifek on Sat Jul 21st, 2012 at 09:22:08 PM EST
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I recomend Krugmans The Conscience of a Liberal, where he discusses the Civil rights issue from this perspective. Or just talk to some working class people. My impression is that social radicalism, or whatever you would like to call it, is very much concentrated to the upper middle class: journalists, teachers, doctors, academics and so on.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Thu Jul 19th, 2012 at 10:37:37 AM EST
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