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Of course one of the defining characteristics of the 40 years since has been the growth of the precariat, denied even the partial security of a long-term job, employment protection legislation, and union representation: The triumph of Thatcherism, Reaganism, and globalisation. A universal basic wage will be opposed by the capital class because it will be seen as reducing their relative power over workers, by reducing the absolute necessity to work to survive.
As Capital doesn't carry the costs of most education directly, it can be safely allowed, particularly insofar as it provides the skilled workers capital does need. However insofar as education raises expectations that capital does not wish to meet, it becomes not just superfluous, but dangerous. The solution is not to reduce the level of education, but to improve the distribution of wealth to make it not only possible, but a factor adding to the quality of life which cannot be measured in capital created job opportunities alone.
But all of this requires a political structure not controlled by Capital. Good luck with that, in the Europe and USA of 2015.
Index of Frank's Diaries
Being rich is unfortunately very frequently defined as "Having much more than the average person" Which, obviously, is not something which everyone can achieve.
And policies meant to promote the first look very, very different from policies catering to people who want to achieve the second.
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