The Economist: ‘New middle classes rise up’

In “The New Middle Classes Rise Up” (September 3, 2011, The Economist), the editors state that emerging giants such as India, Brazil, and China are beginning to show signs of middle class unrest. A growing middle class has become more vociferous about making anti-corruption claims and demanding greater comforts. One expert quoted says that “the middle class is asserting its citizenship right to get government services without a bribe.”

I, for one, would welcome a middle class in India, China, and Brazil that asserted more than enlightened self-interest. Some notion of the common good might be nice for a change.

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