This is very much the case in the UK. The recent election threw some very sharp relief on our understanding of what it means to be working class. One of the campaign promises of our Labour Party was that anyone earning under £85K would not see their taxes rise. Only the top 5% of the country earn over £85K, but many of those who do don’t consider themselves wealthy as, after tax, £85K is still not enough to live in the lap of luxury. At the same time, the UK has more than 100 billionaires.

China specialist, feminist, political scientist in progress. Reviews, socialism & everyday academia. Low-brow, no jargon/acronyms. Editor of The Open Bookshelf.

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