In Britain we are used to talking about class and identity. Perhaps we also thought we’d put generational conflict behind us in the 1950s and 1960s. Yet while the cultural divide between generations has narrowed the economic divide has grown wider, as Mr Willetts and others have shown. As Robert Putnam has shown in the US context, this can have a detrimental affect on social trust. And as Finkelstein reminds us, it is the attitudes of today’s young people that will one day form the core beliefs of those on power. Read more
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