Hurt, Despair, Longing,Rage and Revolt
Jonathan NealeThis article was originally written for Socialist Review, which did not publish it. It is an attempt to say something about a debate on the British left about whether neoliberalism has changed the woring class in ways which mae struggle weaer. I argue that neoliberalismhas changed us in ways that mae struggle harder, and easier, and different, and more e!plosive.
Something has to be fixed
For two years I have been trying an experiment in Britain and the USI say to someone! "Lots o# people believe that there is something terribly wrong with this $ountry % it has to be #ixed % it won&t be #ixed %and no one in publi$ li#e spea's #or me( )lmost everyone nods and says, "*es +hat&s me I thin' that(very so$ial o$$asion I go to now, in the pub, people over #or a meal, a #amily do, the $onversation turns to!
what can we do?
+his is a $onversation about $lass, although people o#ten don&tput it to themselves that way Let&s remind ourselves what $lass means It&s a relationship ) wor'er is anyone with a manager +he wor'ing $lass is everyone witha manager Some people say $lass has $hanged, and matters less now +hat&s wrong -lass has $hanged, and it matters more now .ur noses have been rubbed in $lass ine/uality every day #or years Ine/uality has grown in almost every $ountry in the world +he power o# management has in$reased at almost everyone&s wor' +here is an epidemi$ o# petty bullying and petty humiliation veryone has a story o# something management did that invaded their dignity or a basi$ valueIne/uality in$reases right a$ross our lives very in$rease in ine/uality is also an atta$' on some wor'ers ) library $losure, #or example, is also an atta$' on library wor'ers )nd the language and values o# the mar'et are everywhere So people are #ull o# hurt, anger and longing It&s not 0ust that they hate the +ories 1Some do, some don&t2 It goes deeper +hey despair, and #eel trapped3hat happened4 3hat $an we do4