Underclass or overhead? – By Mal Content

The so-called ‘underclass’ as we know it today was deliberately created by Thatcher in the 1980s to hold down wages and undermine working class organisation, following the ideas of Milton Friedman, who believed in a ‘natural rate’ of unemployment. This section of the population is only to be managed at best, and contained at worst. They do need to be there, however, to give the lowest paid worker someone to look down on, and something to fear; so they are an overhead willingly sustained by the ruling class. Their culture (which everyone deplores) has been aggressively marketed to them ever since, from the super-strength lager designed specifically for outside drinkers, to violent computer games and torture porn. 25 years later they perfectly mirror the values of their rulers; violence, materialism and shallow self–absorbtion.

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