The Many Farewells to the Working Class

For decades, the parties of labor have been slowly replaced by the parties of the educated. A Left that doesn’t acknowledge this as a problem has already been defeated.

Illustration by Anuj Shrestha

Faced with today’s continual crises and soaring social inequality, it’s easy to idealize the postwar decades as an era of “social-democratic consensus.” In much of Western Europe, these were the “thirty glorious years” in which labor and capital shared the proceeds of growth — with even center-right governments overseeing key welfare measures. Yet this narrative of […]

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