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In the anime, Moriarty’s seamless assimilation into British high society makes an inadvertent mockery of the idea that you can simply be born “better” than others. The reality is anyone could get into Moriarty’s position with the right opportunities, but not everyone would choose to share the resources they gained to support those they left behind. It’s no exaggeration to say that to many, classism still feels so deeply ingrained in the UK it seems like the country would collapse without it.
This begs the question: how effective is Moriarty’s plan to burn everything to the ground, and what does the UK (both in fiction and reality) need to do in order to destroy class inequality for good?
As conversations about worker rights and collective action become increasingly common in various industries, it felt like a good time to put together a small primer. This is far from an exhaustive list of sources or union collectives, but it will hopefully give people curious about labor unions but unsure where to start a jumping off point.