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The End Of The Middle Class And The Birth Of The Low-cost Society

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The middle class is shrinking all around the developed world. In Germany, for instance, a McKinsey report from May of last year, when the worst of the crisis was yet to come, showed that the middle class had gone from representing 62 percent of the population in 2000 to 54 percent. By 2020, the report estimates that it will fall way under 50 percent. In France, where mileuristas are known as "baby losers", unemployment among university graduates has risen from six percent in 1973 to 30 percent at present. In Greece, where salaries are even smaller, they talk about the "700-euro generation".

In the United States, the phenomenon is associated with Wal-Mart, the world's largest retail chain, with 1.3 million employees. Its success is based on low prices at the expense of tiny salaries, minimal social benefits and the mass importation of cheap products from emerging markets, which is destroying domestic industry. In response to this Walmartization of the United States, President Barak Obama set up the Middle Class Task Force, with the goal of alleviating the situation of a social group to which 78 percent of the country's citizens say they belong.

Meanwhile, the boundary that separates the middle class from exclusion and poverty is disintegrating. From New York to Madrid, the demand at soup kitchens is growing. In Spain, a 2007 study by the INE found that nearly 20 out of every 100 people were living under the poverty level. What's more, the last FOESSA report on social development and exclusion found that12.2 percent of Spanish households contain "poor" members; that is, those who are socially integrated but with insufficient income who are at a high risk of becoming excluded.

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I've been saying this ever since I'm rambled on net forums, which must be getting on for ten year now.

I first realised that the middle class was shrinking during the downsizing fad of the 90s and the falling away of industrial base but and upturn in McJobs that are meaningless in terms of making a living.

I realised too, that middle calss uni graduates were often underemployed in low skill, low paid work. No not the two-Ds-and-degree-in-womens-studies people but people with 2:1s in traditional subjects from proper unis. I read that 1 in 40 graduates get a tradional milkround job of the type listed in Hobsons. 1 in 40. 'Graduate' jobs are drop-in-the-ocean in the jobs market.

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I've been saying this ever since I'm rambled on net forums, which must be getting on for ten year now.

I first realised that the middle class was shrinking during the downsizing fad of the 90s and the falling away of industrial base but and upturn in McJobs that are meaningless in terms of making a living.

Danger sign I think. A "healthy" middle class is in many ways the stable layer of society, the rich and the poor bubble and writhe above and below and only the ambitious and striving middle class keeps them from their own or each others throats. I read somewhere that it was only when the middle class really began to suffer that the national socialist party really too hold (sorry to Godwin the thread)

I realised too, that middle calss uni graduates were often underemployed in low skill, low paid work. No not the two-Ds-and-degree-in-womens-studies people but people with 2:1s in traditional subjects from proper unis. I read that 1 in 40 graduates get a tradional milkround job of the type listed in Hobsons. 1 in 40. 'Graduate' jobs are drop-in-the-ocean in the jobs market.

Of all the things this govt has done I think the con played on my generation of producing millions of massively indebted graduates fighting over the same number of "graduate level" jobs has to be one of the worst. (wars not included).

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I've been saying this ever since I'm rambled on net forums, which must be getting on for ten year now.

I first realised that the middle class was shrinking during the downsizing fad of the 90s and the falling away of industrial base but and upturn in McJobs that are meaningless in terms of making a living.

I realised too, that middle calss uni graduates were often underemployed in low skill, low paid work. No not the two-Ds-and-degree-in-womens-studies people but people with 2:1s in traditional subjects from proper unis. I read that 1 in 40 graduates get a tradional milkround job of the type listed in Hobsons. 1 in 40. 'Graduate' jobs are drop-in-the-ocean in the jobs market.

Perhaps, but there are people who get good career progressing type jobs that don't come in via the milkround. I did get a milkround job but most of my friends didn't, and 10 years on many of these friends are successful etc. But maybe that means its 2 or 3 in 40 rather than 1.

I do agree that plenty of people with good (or average) degrees who end up in dead end jobs. My sister in law graduated in textiles with 2:2 from good uni... got a job in a florist, after a year of going nowhere (and looking at her options) she is training to be a primary school teacher. Might not be the best paid job but at least its stable and there is a career structure.

And to be middle class in London I would guess that you need a family income of at least £75k. Rent or mortgage on a modest 3 bed semi would be around £20k of post tax salary.

So yes good point I hadn't thought of. I agree.

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The only way to solve this is by some sort of segregation. Central government is hell bent on reversing survival of the fittest, we need a town where only middle class people are allowed to live, and taxes and services adjusted accordingly.

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. . . . sell it's cherished possessions"

Who to?

Is there that much demand for used garden knomes and ornamental plastic garden chairs these days?

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. . . . sell it's cherished possessions"

Who to?

Is there that much demand for used garden knomes and ornamental plastic garden chairs these days?

He he.. Slightly ragged volvo estate and golden lab - comes complete with Barbour jacket and last 12 months of Country Life. Bids start at 20 quid - no reserve. Ebay item 154782/55

Don't forget at the fall of Stalinism many middle class Russians were selling their fur coats to buy bread.

The real cherished possessions of the Uk middle class are their houses.... (not something the Russians had to sell...)

Chris

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I've been saying this ever since I'm rambled on net forums, which must be getting on for ten year now.

I first realised that the middle class was shrinking during the downsizing fad of the 90s and the falling away of industrial base but and upturn in McJobs that are meaningless in terms of making a living.

I realised too, that middle calss uni graduates were often underemployed in low skill, low paid work. No not the two-Ds-and-degree-in-womens-studies people but people with 2:1s in traditional subjects from proper unis. I read that 1 in 40 graduates get a tradional milkround job of the type listed in Hobsons. 1 in 40. 'Graduate' jobs are drop-in-the-ocean in the jobs market.

Ten years? That's nothing! The demise of the middle class has long been predicted, proably for as long as the middle class have existed, George Orwell wrote about it in the 30s, Charles Dickens mused about the genteel poverty of a fading middle class.

It does of cause depend on how you define middle class, this definition has changed over time, and will continue to change.

Lifestyles and expectations will wax and wane, but I'm not sure whether that constitutes the end of the middle class.

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I wonder how many of the remaining middle class are only there because they are in the public sector (the aforementioned teachers etc.)?

My personal suspicion is that industrial capitalism has past its peak, and we are going to slowly head backwards in time - bad in some ways, good in others.

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I wonder how many of the remaining middle class are only there because they are in the public sector (the aforementioned teachers etc.)?

My personal suspicion is that industrial capitalism has past its peak, and we are going to slowly head backwards in time - bad in some ways, good in others.

Which is the good, which the bad? The coke-snorting or the Toryism?

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Computers and industrial robots are replacing human workers across the western societies. They are enabling higher levels of efficiency, like Walmart's vast computer tracking system.

This automated production is leading to incredible job loss in the nations, which means very high and growing unemployment and permanent downward pressure on wages. People are increasingly unable to buy the production of the nation. See perfectly good car factories shutting down.. not because of technical limitations to the ability to produce, but because financially people can't afford the cars.

The car industry has shed something like 66% of its workforce over the last 2 decades, yet still can produce the same number of cars. And those cars being longer lasting and more sophisticated. All of those automobile industry workers and their families used to have good jobs and buy things like well.. cars.

The answer is simple it is to calculate the gap between wages and the productive capacity of the nation. Then issue national dividends to every citizen of their share of that gap. I estimate the amount would already be ~£7,000 per adult in the UK. Chances we'll see this anytime soon.. very low. So the grind down will continue, alarming job loss each month.

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The middle class is under attack because we are the only people in society who can put up any resistance to globalisation. Here's a paper straight from the minds of a internationalist.

This lengthy and detailed document was dated 1979, but it outlines a policy that has been implemented since the 1950s. The document says that: "The quiet war was... declared by the international elite at a meeting held in 1954". The Bilderberg Group first met in 1954. It is likely that the methods laid out in the document will be inspired by the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations in London and its interconnecting offshoots. Here is a flavour of the content:

"Experience has proven that the simplest method of securing a silent weapon and gaining control of the public is to keep them undisciplined and ignorant of basic systems principles on the one hand, while keeping them confused, disorganised, and distracted with matters if no real importance on the other hand.

This is achieved by:

1. disengaging their minds; sabotaging their mental activities; providing a low-quality programme of public education in mathematics, system design and economics, and discouraging technical creativity.

2. engaging their emotions, increasing their self indulgence and their indulgence in emotional and physical activities by:

a) unrelenting emotional affrontations and attacks (mental and emotional rape) by the way of a constant barrage of sex, violence, and wars in the media - especially the TV and the newspapers.

B) giving them what they desire - in excess - "junk food for thought" - and depriving them of what they really need.

c) rewriting history and law and subjecting the public to the deviant creation, thus being able to shift their thinking from personal needs to highly fabricated outside priorities.

These preclude their interest in, and discovery of, the silent weapons of social automation technology. The general rule is that there is profit in confusion; the more confusion, the more profit. Therefore the best approach is to create problems and then offer solutions.

In summary:

Media: Keep the adult public attention diverted away from the real social issues, and captivated by matters of no real importance.

Schools: Keep the young public ignorant of real mathematics, real economics, real law, and real history.

Entertainment: Keep the public entertainment below a sixth grade level.

Work: Keep the public busy, busy, busy, with no time to think; back on the farm with the other animals."

"It shoots situations, instead of bullets; propelled by data processing, instead of grains of gunpowder; from a computer, instead of a gun; operated by a computer programmer, instead of a marksman; under the orders of a banking magnate, instead of a military general. It makes no obvious noises, causes no obvious physical injuries, and does not obviously interfere with anyone's daily social life.

"Yet it makes an unmistakable 'noise', causes unmistakable physical and mental damage, and unmistakably interferes with daily social life, i.e., unmistakable to a trained observer, one who knows what to look for. The public cannot comprehend the weapon, and therefor cannot believe they are being attacked and subdued by a weapon.

"The public might instinctively feel that something is wrong, but because of the technical nature of the silent weapon, they cannot express their feeling in a rational way, or handle the problem with intelligence. Therefore, they do not know how to cry for help, and do not know how to associate with others to defend themselves against it.

"When a silent weapon is applied gradually, the public adjusts/adapts to its presence and learns to tolerate its encroachment on their lives until the pressure (psychological via economic) becomes too great and they crack up. Therefore the silent weapon is a type of biological warfare. It attacks the vitality, options, and mobility of the individuals of a society by knowing, understanding, manipulating, and attacking their sources of natural and social energy, and their physical, mental, and emotional strengths and weaknesses."

Do you see that this paper is discribing the society we have.

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Don't believe the username ;)

Quite right.

I know it will come as a shock to some, but my real name isn't actually bob.

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A would guess that a percentage of the middle class have disappeared because they have worked out that you can get a lot more benefits if you pretend to be poor.

Certainly no point in declaring all of your income if most of it is in cash. There is a lot more earned that way than people realise.

You can see this because someone out there must be paying all that money for those houses, how else could house prices remain so ludicrously high?

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