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James Bloodworth

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James Bloodworth is an English writer and the author of two books, The Myth of Meritocracy and Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain. His work has appeared in the Guardian, the Times, New York Review of Books, New Statesman and elsewhere. He is on Twitter as @J_Bloodworth.

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“Today the common man is celebrated so long as he is no longer common. Respect isn't automatically granted to people who do working-class jobs. Instead, it goes to those who grab the slipper levels of social mobility and climb out on the backs of those they leave behind.”
James Bloodworth, Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain

“This sort of thriftiness is typically jumped on by people who have always wanted to ration the poor. It is held up as the final 'proof' that poverty is really not as bad as all that: as long as you have a bit of middle-class pluck and ingenuity tucked away in reserve. If you are too useless to be able to survive on such a lowly amount, it is put down to some piteous deficiency in one's character.”
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“By destroying traditional safety nets and undermining old coping mechanisms, the atomisation modern life carries with it can sometimes make the struggle feel even more arduous. Freedom, if it is to mean anything at all, must mean the freedom for everyone to live decently rather than the freedom of a growing consumer class to order another class around, even if extra ladders are occasionally sent down to raise up a fortunate few and turn them into Eloi.”
James Bloodworth, Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain




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