How Left-Wing Parties Abandoned Working Class Voters, and What Happened Next 

Having won the Second World War, the U.S. and its allies designed an economic system that would reward workers with job stability and relatively high income. This was not out of the goodness of their hearts; the late British historian Tony Judt argued that Western governments had seen workers turn communist after the First World War, while the middle classes turned fascist. They forestalled a repeat by imposing various forms of social democracy on themselves: health care, respect for unions, greater access to education, high tax rates on the wealthy.

Source: How Left-Wing Parties Abandoned Working Class Voters, and What Happened Next | The Tyee

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