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Metatone envisions a separation between a "skilled elite" and an "unskilled and mostly unemployed underclass". One could equally well see an "employed skilled elite", an "underemployed skilled elite", and an "unemployed, unskilled underclass" emerging, and in fact one source of social tension in Spain right now is the large number of underemployed college-educated young people, and also skilled victims of ageism and outsourcing.

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Feb 5th, 2007 at 10:12:09 AM EST
Right, and I think that's happening both on the local/national levels in the "rich world" and on the global level, with the gap between the two (or three) fueling a rise in migration (or attempted migration, which can have deadly results).
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Mon Feb 5th, 2007 at 10:16:36 AM EST
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an "underemployed skilled elite"

I mean underemployed, skilled middle class.

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Feb 5th, 2007 at 10:17:23 AM EST
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