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Education and Class: Lessons from Spain

Vicenç Navarro In Spain there are social classes. It is impossible to understand what happens in Spain without understanding the huge domination that the bourgeoisie, petty bourgeoisie and high income middle class professionals have had and continue to have on the state apparatus, an influence that is reaching its peak during today’s government of Mariano … Continue reading

Thousands protest in Spain against education cuts, reforms

Unions say up to 70% of Spanish teachers followed a national strike Thursday over cuts, according to El Pais and other Spanish newspapers. Classes in Spain – from kindergarten to university – have been affected by this general strike in education, which is the second in a year, against budget cuts amounting to 6,700 million euros since … Continue reading

The political battle for full employment

By Juan Torres Lopez 70 years ago a very important Polish economist, Michal Kalecki, published an article (Political aspects of full employment) that I think has a great relevance today, particularly this May Day. Kalecki started out by recognizing that when he wrote that a substantial majority of economists believed that, even in a capitalist … Continue reading

Class, wealth and austerity crisis

‘The odds of being a NEET, on low pay, or a school failure are clearly related to social origin. Living longer after retirement, the probability of being unemployed or the loss of purchasing power varies significantly by social class. Women who only have access to low-skilled jobs do not have the same family or work … Continue reading

The Cyprus experiment

by Daniel Albarracín Desperate Cypriots will today only be able to take out 1,000 euros from ATMs . They know they will soon have to pay a “financial solidarity tax”, taken from their savings to rescue the private banking system. And to protect all those international creditors, so they can still receive money for debts … Continue reading

The end of mass university

By Carlo Formenti In Italy and elsewhere in the West universities are returning to their old role of supporting the generational renewal of the ruling classes. The data released in recent days on the apocalypse facing Italian universities is impressive: 58,000 fewer students (down 17%) compared to ten years ago, while the number of lecturers has … Continue reading

Austerity and Italy’s downwardly mobile generation

Italy’s younger generation is no longer doing better than its parents. And the culprit is austerity. A new report by official statistics agency Istat, ‘Rapporto Annuale 2012’,  highlights this trend. It showed: A third of those born in 1970-1984 found themselves, on their first job, in a lower social class than their parents and just one … Continue reading

Who voted for Le Pen? Who voted for Melenchon?

IN THE PRESS / RUE89 Eric Dupin Beyond the overall balance in favour of the left, the first round of the presidential election will remain marked by two surges with implications for the future: the influence of the National Front and unique installation the Left Front in the political landscape. A geographical and sociological analysis … Continue reading

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