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Class conflict has gradually been diluted by growing affluence The history of all hitherto existing societies is the history of classstruggle This famous opening line from Marx Communist Manifestorefers to the struggle between the labouring working classes and thebourgeoisie owners of the means of production The proletariat areexploited by the capitalists for profit and are therefore forced tolive in poverty and dire conditions Marx predicted that eventually theproletariat would overthrow this capitalist system and replace it witha system which is often referred to as Communist - whereby the workershave control Today whenever the words class or class conflict arementioned people usually turn to Marx definition and picture the poorworker fighting for better pay better living and working conditionsThe typical class conflict is typified as workers versus the owners orIn Britain this struggle did not develop in the way that Marx predicted- there has never been a genuine proletariat revolutionary threat Inits place has been a tradition of reformist socialism with the LabourParty and the Trades Unions being the main campaigners In Britain thetraditional class conflict is often depicted as Labour Party versusConservative Party The Labour Party have fought for workers rights andhave been supported at elections by the working class whereas theConservatives have drawn most of their support from the middle classesIt is argued that today this traditional class conflict depicted in nobetter fashion than the Miners Strike of 1984 has been diluted bygrowing affluence In otherwords the working class have becomeeconomically better off They were given the right to buy councilhouses to own shares and have it is argued become more middle classThe working class today have a lot more to lose in a fierce classstruggle and are therefore happy to uphold the system The huge declinein the traditional industries such as coal has coincided with a risein the size of the non-manual service industry - the sphere in whichthe middle classes tend to be employed In 1964 50 of the workforcewere employed in
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