Issue 154 of Socialist Appeal is out now. This months journal features:
- Editorial: A Vicar to the World
- Trade unions: nearly six million Trade Unionists Support HoV Campaign and Civil Servants support revolution
- News: Brown courts big business and Mr Davies (and other Tory rats), you are not wanted!
- Schools: Army gets it marching orders and How to profit from our children
- Smoking: IThe smoking ban – more state interference or good for our health?
- Economy/Book review: Reclaiming Marx’s capital: A refutation of the Myth of Inconsistency
- Venezuela: Furore over RCTV: US imperialists join the attack
- France: Legislative elections mark the end of the honeymoon period
- Marxism: Inmemory of Ted Grant
- Russian Revolution: From July to September: Revolution and Counterrevolution
- Indian independence: Role of the Communist Party during Partition
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that young people today are less likely to benefit from social mobility than
those born in the 1940s and 50s. In other words, your parents had a greater
chance of becoming reasonably well off, despite being born working class, than
you can now ever expect.
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reality is that although society now offers more to working class people, it
gives less in practice. This generation of working class youth is probably the
most educated ever, yet the options to make something with this have been
pushed back. The vice like grip of poverty has tightened not lessened over the
last few decades particularly since capitalism started to retrench in order to
protect its margins. They do not want you to make something of yourself, they
want to make something from you – more profit.
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