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The Appearance of Crisis

  • Andrew Gamble
  • Paul Walton
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Part of the Critical Social Studies book series

Abstract

It is merely another indication of the depth and breadth of the present economic and political crisis that the leading establish­ment newspaper is found to share the occupational pessimism of the economic pundits. During the post-war boom which has recently been so rudely terminated, The Times together with lead­ing politicians regularly assured us that class struggles and crises were things of the past, that a new society was emerging, that, with properly run government, prosperity and expansion were assured. Academics discussed the post-industrial and affluent societies, television programmes began to cover the so-called ‘leisure problem’. Economists were cheery, optimistic men, and the trade-union shop steward was something of a media joke.

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© Andrew Gamble and Paul Walton 1976

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  • Andrew Gamble
  • Paul Walton

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