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From a report on future threats generated by the UK’s Ministry of Defence and as reported in the Guardian:


“The middle classes could become a revolutionary class, taking the role envisaged for the proletariat by Marx,” says the report. The thesis is based on a growing gap between the middle classes and the super-rich on one hand and an urban under-class threatening social order: “The world’s middle classes might unite, using access to knowledge, resources and skills to shape transnational processes in their own class interest”. Marxism could also be revived, it says, because of global inequality. An increased trend towards moral relativism and pragmatic values will encourage people to seek the “sanctuary provided by more rigid belief systems, including religious orthodoxy and doctrinaire political ideologies, such as popularism and Marxism”.

Interesting isn’t it that a reaction against moral relativism (usually named as the principle export product of humanities departments in the US) will, according to the authors of this report, lead to the popular re-embrace of Marxism.

Given my few recent experiences with, yes that’s what it was, retrograde post-structuralist “relativism” taken to a very shady place (quick version: Abu-Ghraib Did Not Take Place) all I can say is: let’s hope the MoD is right, at least on this count.

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April 10, 2007 at 12:08 am

Posted in academia, socialism

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