How Thatcherism attacked the working class, transformed the British state, and laid the foundations for today's crisis
Journalist and scholar Alexander Gallas speaks on his new book, 'The Thatcherite Offensive: a neo-Poulantzasian Analysis'.
While most scholars see Thatcher's confrontation with workers as a result of their resistance to her economic policies, Gallas demonstrates that smashing the organised working class was in fact a primary and fundamental objective of Thatcherism.
Analysing internal Conservative Party documents which show how a clear strategy for class warfare was developed in the years preceeding Thatcher's rise to power, Gallas develops the theories of Nicos Poulantzas to show the Thatcherite project to be a coordinated offensive of the power bloc, heralding a new regime of accumulation and directly intervening in class relations.
Yet this shift undermined British capitalism in the long-term, laying the foundations for today's prolonged slump.
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