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Our fundamental problem is inherited wealth perpetuated through the public school system, which is designed to turn out exactly the kind of abusively dishonest entitled spivs and chancers that are the backbone of the Tory party.

It's all about class, which is another way of saying it's all about inherited wealth and property, and the  superiority, narcissism, and entitlement that go with them.

The US has the same problem. So does Russia, in its own way. China is about to start suffering from its own version. And of course the Saudis, and to a smaller extent Israel, are also examples.

The Left has been framing this the wrong way since Marx. It's not that he was wrong about capitalism, it's more that he didn't seem to appreciate the extent to which capitalism is just an industrial reinvention of plain old vanilla aristocracy.

Unless you take very active steps to dilute resource accumulation and political power across and within generations, a parasitic, self-destructive, and not particularly distinguished aristocracy is the inevitable outcome.

Conversely societies in which concentrations of wealth and power are tightly controlled are far more likely to be  socially and economically creative.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Jul 9th, 2018 at 10:13:16 PM EST
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If you accept that all the other EU27 countries are also, at least to a large extent, class societies, then what makes the UK so different? Perhaps it is that the UK has never suffered a catastrophic defeat with humiliating and devastating consequences - which largely destroyed the national ruling class - and so still harbours delusions of leading, rather than being part of a larger empire. Boris and Co. can go around still imagining they are running the world, and in some sense the Rees-Moggs actually are.

What neither have quite processed is that the UK no longer has the military, economic or political wherewithal to be a major power on its own in the world, and that much of its current status and GDP depends on its close alliances with the EU and USA. Both the EU and USA are going to go their own way now casting the UK adrift, attempting, vainly, to be some kind of European Singapore.

Even the Singaporean model has its limitation in an increasingly protectionist world where you need to be part of the big 3 or 4 - USA, EU, China and India -  and with Russia, Israel and Saudi Arabia currently punching above their weight, but at risk of over=playing their hands. It's going to get hot out there...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jul 9th, 2018 at 10:32:37 PM EST
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If you accept that all the other EU27 countries are also, at least to a large extent, class societies, then what makes the UK so different?

You're playing devil's advocate here :)  Of course, all EU countries have a ruling class with inherited wealth having an inordinate political power. But by that metric, Britain (or more to the point: England) is really in a league of its own. The only country I know of in the Western hemisphere with an unelected legislative body, FFS.
by Bernard on Tue Jul 10th, 2018 at 07:53:53 PM EST
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Ever notice how the development of the Civil Service really started after the Commons reforms and the expansion of the franchise.  Had to keep the right sort of hands on the tiller, for Heaven's sake!
by rifek on Sat Jul 14th, 2018 at 02:26:27 PM EST
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