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
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.