Selling Austerity

Economic elites have long understood the contradiction between capitalism and democracy — and have used austerity to roll back working-class power to protect private profits.

Illustration by Mark Oliver / Pencil & Help

The consequences of austerity in Britain are now so apparent that even many of its erstwhile cheerleaders are, at last, sheepishly facing up to them. The last thirteen years of underfunding and neglect have left the NHS, in particular, in a state of near collapse. Accident and emergency departments are overwhelmed, and many patients find […]

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