Not an American thing. Not even an English-speaking-world thing.
An intriguingly provocative comment, which made me think of a statistic quoted by Grayson Perry in his excellent recent series on Channel 4: that two thirds of Britons nowadays call themselves middle class, up from one third thirty years ago.
Can it really be true that two thirds of the population of the UK have never lost control of their lives? It seems unlikely. Surely something more complicated has to be going on.
Jehan: The truth is, I realized years ago that most media is written by middle-class people who know fuck all about the working-class and what it is like to be poor for more than a couple of years during university. They think money is about buying things, and the major worry for these unemployed graduates is that they have no money to buy things because that is what money's for. I've rarely heard anybody write about control, the thing that young folk, poor folk, unemployed folk, disabled folk, really want and need. The middle class might have once or twice in their lives experience a lack of money while studying or working as an intern, but they've never lost control of their lives.
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