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Marx believed he was providing a dispassionate analysis of the underlying forces within capitalism, but it is difficult to divorce this analysis entirely from his condemnation of capitalism and hopes for a future socialist revolution. He wrote, ‘Philosophers have only interpreted the world, the point however is to change it’ (Theses on Feuerbach). There is a similar mixture of analysis and prescription among modern free marketeers. Like Marx, they too want to change the world, although in a quite different direction.

How she thinks about herself will be influenced by all kinds of factors: family upbringing, education, work and social contacts, peer group pressure, the mass media. Her self-identity may change over time, depending on her experiences and contacts. She may decide, or be persuaded, to join a trade union, or a woman’s group, or a support group for those who share her disability, and each of these may alter her outlook on life. Equally of course, how she is perceived and treated by others may affect her own sense of identity.

Indeed, it was widely reckoned that progressive taxation on the one hand and state welfare provision on the other were significantly reducing inequality and poverty in countries like Britain in the period after the Second World War. This comfortable assumption of progress towards a more equal society was dented by revelations of the failures of the welfare state in certain areas: the rediscovery of child poverty, and the recognition of the economic deprivation suffered by some declining industrial urban areas from the 1960s onwards.

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