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Socialism (see Dahrendorf, pp. 27--8). Workers have des deserted er ted socialism ... workers are exploited ... but the exploitation occurs in the market system. In the planning system workers are defended by unions and the state and favoured by the market power of the employing corporation which allows it to pass the cost of wage settlement to the public. Workers in this part ofthe economy are, relative to those in the market system, a favoured caste. (Galbraith, EPP, p. 276) 276) and this leads us to the same issue of the need for political leadership: ...

But the argument leaves us with two problems: granted that the knowledge elite is increasingly important to the wealth of an increasingly technologically-orien1ed society- but why should it become politically dominant, why should its members become Dahrendorf's classis ex machina? And even if they were thus to predominate, why should they be any less materialist and profit-oriented than our present decision-makers? We have already seen that the idea of improvement existed long before our present era.

Those who couldn't compete economically with machines had their choice, if they had no source of income, of the Army or the Reconstruction and Reclamation Corps. . Around the bar were old men, pensioners, too old for the Army or the Reeks and Wrecks. Each had before hirn a headless beer in a glass whose rim was opaqued by hours of thoughtful sipping. These oldsters ... arrived early and left late, and any other business had to be done over their heads. (pp. 28-30) We must not imagine, however, that the poor are subject to any material deprivation.

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