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what the big society looked like,
This review is from: The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum (Paperback)
i loved this book. the story of how victorian britain obfuscated and avoided taking effective action to reduce cronic poverty in an area of east london. what's so facinating is the similarity of the language used then and now: the undeserving poor, morally depraved, for whom intervention would only create dependancy, the reliance on ineffective and ego driven efforts from charities. meanwhile landowners (often the same reformers who were claiming a desire to benefit the area) were quietly pocketing the extortionate rents. Sound familiar?