The middle classes could become a revolutionary class, taking the role envisaged for the proletariat by Marx. The globalization of labour markets and reducing levels of national welfare provision and employment could reduce peoples’ attachment to particular states. The growing gap between themselves and a small number of highly visible super-rich individuals might fuel disillusion with meritocracy, while the growing urban under-classes are likely to pose an increasing threat to social order and stability, as the burden of acquired debt and the failure of pension provision begins to bite. Faced by these twin challenges, the world’s middle-classes might unite, using access to knowledge, resources and skills to shape transnational processes in their own class interest.
The untrained eye might think a Marxist gobshite, but no. It’s the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre at the UK Ministry of Defence. The language about class is all a little confusing, and you would have to feel a little -just a little- for whoever had to write this up. I mean, how would you write about class interest without considering the class interest of the institution that has requested you to write up the analysis? Is the good old MoD the ultimate bastion of impartiality, just out to make sure that fair play and harmony reign? Is it Fergus.