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Issue 44, June 1992

In this month's Living Marxism...

The real dependency culture

While the American authorities try to blame the Los Angeles riots on a criminal black 'underclass', the British establishment seeks to pin responsibility for social problems over here on Britain's own 'underclass' of shiftless urban poor. The new transatlantic consensus is that over-generous government handouts to the needy have created a 'dependency culture' which breeds sloth and crime.

In this month's Living Marxism, we expose the real dependency culture in British society: the way in which the state props up the profits of big business, and the wealthy are subsidised by the financial system. From Canary Wharf to Buckingham Palace, we show how the top people in this 'free market' society survive only through the systematic use of backhanders, sweeteners and state handouts.

Welcome to the classless society.

4 Editorial

6 Letters

8 Racism: the issue of our times Linda Ryan

10 Myth of homophobia Peter Ray

12 The real dependency culture Helen Simons

16 Lloyd's: welfare for the wealthy Phil Murphy

19 Ann Bradley

20 Abolish the monarchy Mick Hume

24 Towards 2000

26 The exhaustion of British politics Frank Richards

30 Scotland's opposition Kirk Williams

32 Labour elects a loser Mike Freeman

33 Japan rewrites the war Daniel Nassim

34 God and the Big Bang John Gibson and Manjit Singh

37 Toby Banks

38 Living: 41 Frank Cottrell-Boyce on TV

43 The Marxist Review of Books



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