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April 25, 2018 / C H Thompson

Marxist approach to welfare

Marxist approach –

  • argue as capitalism is about the exploitation of one social-class over another then social equality is impossible
  • therefore the only purpose of the welfare system is as an instrument of the ruling-class, because welfare helps pacify the working-classes when in fact welfare is a form of social control
  • this is because the welfare system provides education, preventing absolute poverty as well as providing effective and free health-care to the workers – so the state looks as if it cares when it doesn’t



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