What About Classism? is a UK based human rights pressure group that emerged out of and has been informed by two important developments.
The first is an analysis of anti-discriminatory legislation - namely the Equality Act (2010) - which fails to identify any economic class factors with regards to this important issue (see diagram below). One notable consequence of this ideologically driven omission is that political and economic elites can pay lip service to progressive sounding values - like equality and social inclusion - whilst, at the very same time, the vast inequality gap between the rich and the poor remains the same or grows ever wider. This reality only exacerbates many already serious social problems including a debasing of the democratic process, the perpetuation of conflict and war and a speeding up of the drive towards environmental catastrophe.
The second is the analysis that emerges out of the participatory economics (Parecon) model which can be used to help us better understand the root causes of classism as a distinct form of social discrimination that can be traced back to specific features of the economy (see diagram below). This understanding can then be used to inform constructive and progressive solutions to this important social problem.
The key concepts that underpin this project are Classism and Rigged Economics - please refer to our Glossary for a definition of these and other important concepts. If you are new to this topic then please consider reading our "Starter Pack" which you can find under Recommendations.
In addition to being a stand alone and independent pressure group we also support and locate ourselves within the broader struggles for social justice - please see Activities and Upcoming Events (below) for examples.
If you have any questions then please send them to us via our Contact page.
Equality: An Interview with John Baker by Mark Evans
Poverty as a Necessary Lie by Gerry Briody
How we work together by Milan Rai
The Devil and the Dark Blue Sea: The EU Referendum and Classism by Steve Gwynne
Can you reform systemic classism? by Eugene Nulman
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Activities and Upcoming Events
We see an organized anti worker, anti minority, anti immigrant, anti woman, anti LGBTQ, anti ecological, pro imperial, incarceration minded, surveillance employing, authoritarian reaction proliferating around the world. It calls itself right wing populist but is arguably more accurately termed neofascist. It preys on fear as well as often warranted anger. It manipulates and misleads with false promises and outright lies. It is trying to create an international alliance. Courageous responses are emerging and will proliferate around issue after issue, and in country after country. These responses will challenge the unworthy emotions, the vicious lies, and the vile policies. They will reject right wing rollback and repression. But to ward off an international, multi issue, reactionary assault shouldn’t we be internationalist and multi issue? Shouldn’t we reject reaction but also seek positive, forward looking, inspiring progress? To those ends:
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