Monday, April 09, 2007

Middle Classes Unite!

An report from the MOD, summarised by The Guardian newspaper, paints a bleak view of the collective future.

Among the predictions:

"The middle classes could become a revolutionary class, taking the role envisaged for the proletariat by Marx," says the report. The thesis is based on a growing gap between the middle classes and the super-rich on one hand and an urban under-class threatening social order: "The world's middle classes might unite, using access to knowledge, resources and skills to shape transnational processes in their own class interest". Marxism could also be revived, it says, because of global inequality. An increased trend towards moral relativism and pragmatic values will encourage people to seek the "sanctuary provided by more rigid belief systems, including religious orthodoxy and doctrinaire political ideologies, such as popularism and Marxism".

The report even mentions Blog's "what it calls "declining news quality" with the rise of "internet-enabled, citizen-journalists" and pressure to release stories "at the expense of facts".

I can't think of any weblogs that might suit that description, can you?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Instead of making predictions for the future that all point to greater instability in the World, the MOD might like to sort out the problems it has today of over-stretch, underfunding, inadequate air and equipment resources and a shrinking navy and get the Treasury to release funding. One can't help feel that the state of many Married Quarters is so poor because of chronic underfunding for years.

Tony Beachcomber said...

Society has always acted in the middle class interest,that is how general elections are won. Keeping middle England sweet has always been the key to power.
As for a revival of Marxism, I would like to see it but it has never taken off in the UK for it to be revived.
So I reckon the political future will see the demise of the Liberal Democrats, a more centralist (towards political center ground) Conservative party, a new party of the right emerging from UKIP and and finally a more campaigning type Labour party. As for the far left in politics they will remain as they are, in the factions they have formed.