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We Are (Almost) All Workers Now

Almost everyone still employs, apparently without any real thought, the tripartite class model popularised by Marx, of an aristocracy, a middle class and a working class. If one is going to have three classes ranked on top of one another, it is inevitable that one of them will be a middle class, and the people […]

Posted on April 29, 2012 at 10:32 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Gatsby Lite

What the catchphrase “the consumer society” was actually about was buying the support of the lower middle classes by encouraging them to behave like the pernickety, demanding Madams of the upper middles of a century before, forever kvetching about how you can’t get good help and the laziness of the servants. For of course your […]

Posted on April 29, 2012 at 12:03 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The 97:03 Society

It is not certain how the salariat would respond if they could be brought to believe in a more realistic view of social stratification. And what might that be? Retaining the threefold division that appears hardwired into human beings, we could call the classes Owners, Workers and Underclass – or Masters, Servants and wannabe Servants. […]

Posted on April 30, 2012 at 14:06 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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“Their Men I Put To The Sword, Their Maidens I Carried Off”

I suspect that our masters did not actually realise until this new century just how much wealth they could claw back from the lower 97% of the population if they really put their minds to it; and also that they were astonished at how little resistance they met. If the rewarding of the cokeheads with […]

Posted on May 1, 2012 at 10:54 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Retainers And Lackeys

The corporate suit’s delusion of being middle-class contrasts unfavourably with the realism of the butler, housekeeper and other ancient retainers who derived their personal dignity from the status and glory of the family they served. It may take a while for this arrangement to re-establish itself. . It may take a while for this arrangement […]

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 09:30 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Conservatives Who Rise Early

Conservative leaders in both the United Kingdom and France have developed remarkably similar slogans to denote what they consider the deserving among their compatriots, whose interests should be addressed and whose prejudices must be pandered to, in the manner of Nixon”s “silent majority” or Palin”s “real” Americans. South of the Channel Nicholas Sarkozy speaks of […]

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 11:54 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · 2 Comments
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Go Into Domestic Service, Young Man

When the tsunami of outsourcing overseas began to roll, everyone assumed that it would reach halfway up the social ladder and stop. After manufacturing disappeared, they started to realise that standardised white-collar professions were next – unless they were handed over to “expert systems” instead. About a decade ago somebody pointed out that the last […]

Posted on May 4, 2012 at 09:14 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Taking Out The Garbage

Twentieth-century people live without servants but nevertheless imagine that they belong to the middle class. They consequently fight over housework. Can we imagine a nineteenth-century doctor, engineer or even greengrocer being nagged by his wife because he had failed to do the dishes? That was the job of the servants. In the coming age, Western […]

Posted on May 5, 2012 at 09:51 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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On The Sofa With Andy Capp

I am suffering from a pulmonary infection, hardly more than a week after my first bout with amoebic dysentery. In consequence, I am full of antibiotics and chronically tired. On my back on the sofa is where I am spending much of the day. This cannot help but remind me of Andy Capp. That comic […]

Posted on May 5, 2012 at 21:33 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Happy Shave™ At McBarbers

That a man should shave himself was one of Ben Franklin’s funny new ideas; and the barber’s shop took a long time to die. Bathroom shaving may have represented a transient victory of speed and convenience over the human predilection for being demonstratively pampered by social inferiors; but the recent renaissance of female grooming specialists […]

Posted on May 6, 2012 at 11:28 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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