Hmmm

European public discourse has been hijacked by a neo-liberal ideology, promulgated by a powerful wealthy few, which has successfully dominated the continent for decades. This ideology in the meantime permeates all aspects of life, including media, politics and universities. Today there is still no sign of a coherent pan-European alternative programme that benefits the majority of Europe’s populace, resulting in largely isolated and ephemeral protests against the neo-liberal agenda.

To facilitate the formation of a coherent alternative discourse to disseminate innovative political and economic ideas, BRAVE NEW EUROPE will be offering in-depth information and analyses, enabling European citizens to better comprehend their political and economic realities. It will provide ideas for achieving greater equality and social inclusion, challenging the neo-liberal monologue that increasingly dominates corporate and state media.

The EU is neoliberal, eh?

27 comments on “Hmmm

  1. “European public discourse has been hijacked by a neo-liberal ideology, promulgated by a powerful wealthy few, which has successfully dominated the continent for decades.”

    Parklife!

  2. This ideology in the meantime permeates all aspects of life, including media, politics and universities.

    What…the fuck…

    Mental illness.

  3. I do not like to defend the mentally ill but the EU was meant to be neo-liberal. It still has neo-liberal aspects. Especially in those aspects that are not enforced like making the French open their markets to competition.

    But it has been, in some part, pro-competition, pro-freedom and pro-market. Just not very much. The French run it you see.

  4. 38 degrees
    The New Weather Institute
    Progressive Pustule
    Left Foot Forward
    Green New Deal Group
    Prime Economics
    Progressive Economics
    High Pay Commission
    …and many more

    All the same people, spouting the same stuff. At some point they will realise that the whole thing is a very small circle jerk and no-one outside their clique gives a fuck.

    Ecks will take no time to make his way through these.

  5. BRAVE NEW EUROPE is a dystopian novel written in 1931 by English author Aldous Huxley, and published in 1932. Set in London in the year AD 2540 (632 A.F.—”After Ford”—in the book), the novel anticipates developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning that are combined to make a profound change in society.

    BRAVE NEW EUROPE will be offering in-depth information and analyses, enabling European citizens to better comprehend their political and economic realities. It will provide ideas for achieving greater equality and social inclusion, challenging the neo-liberal monologue that increasingly dominates corporate and state media.

    Nurse! Pass the soma.

    FFS. Some people just aren’t very bright, are they?

  6. Ritchie says contributors include:

    “Bhutan’s Programme Director for its Gross National Happiness Centre, Ha Vinh Tho”

    If that was a person commenting on TRUK, even Ritchie wouldn’t fall for it!

  7. They have timed it well. As the previous thread notes, Comrade Bob is out of a job in Rhodesia right now. His vision would suit them to a tee. Are they going to offer him a job?

  8. It’s certainly brave to create in time for Brexit a mono-lingual leftist Brave New Europe to castigate neo-liberalism (use your own definition) – what a treat for those Irish, Cypriots and Maltese and ardent remainers-in-denial with time on their hands and an ideological screw loose.

    Who funds this exciting enterprise? I see the adipose Tuber features extensively and he doesn’t come cheap.

  9. Anyone who can look at British universities and see “neo-liberalism permeating them” needs to seek psychiatric help.

  10. Noel Scoper: Too right.

    I am esp down on this “New Weather Institute”.

    Those cunts are going to get charged with the lot including not having a decent White Christmas for the last 50 years.

  11. “Bhutan’s Programme Director for its Gross National Happiness Centre, Ha Vinh Tho”

    Only one “ha”? Not my idea of happiness!

  12. Noel Scoper – “Ritchie says contributors include: “Bhutan’s Programme Director for its Gross National Happiness Centre, Ha Vinh Tho””

    What the hell is a Vietnamese doing working in Bhutan?

    Still I think we need to respect the little Tibetans’ idea of Gross National Happiness. Since they drove out a quarter of their population for the sin of being Nepalese, they are, reportedly, much happier. If poorer.

    A quarter seems a bit ambitious but I think if we drove out the right quarter of the population the rest of Britain would be a lot happier too. Ritchie ought to think about the precedents he is setting and the friends he is making.

  13. The EU is neoliberal, eh?

    Well, yes it is, or so we kept being told by the Left prior to 2016. They’re not so much pro-EU as anti-Farage. (“Neoliberal” means right-wing I think?)

    EU competition rules and so are certainly “right wing”, and the EU would be a brake on Corbynism.

    They just can’t see where their blinkered dogmatism has led them. You’re anti-EU? Racist, neoliberal. Pro-EU? Neoliberal.

    Twats.

  14. ‘“Neoliberal” means right-wing I think?’

    It’s meant to trigger thoughts of “neo-Nazi”. You know the neo-Nazis, the widespread conspiracy that has been going to take over Europe imminently? It’s been imminent for about forty years if you believe Guardian.

  15. Yes, the left love to (not so) subtly hint that a view they disapprove of is associated with fascism. See also climate change ‘denier’ (applied even if you repeatedly acknowledge the climate is actually changing – see Matt Ridley).

  16. i’m confused now – i thought the potato believed the eu was the best thing since he was born and we’d be foolish to leave. Perhaps this is a cunning plan to curry sympathy with some lefty technical college in the eu so they will offer him a job so that his promise of leaving these shores for the Elysian fields of europe can at last be fulfilled- or more likely he’s fallen out with someone in the eu and is now getting his revenge by bad mouthing them. Then again it might just be early onset potato blight.

  17. @Moqmoqamoq

    “Perhaps this is a cunning plan to curry sympathy with some lefty technical college in the eu so they will offer him a job”

    The kind of places Ritchie ‘works’ it’s not like an interview would be hard to get. City obviously don’t set the bar high.

    I assume that a normal person could walk in and get made VC or something.

  18. I was going to make a cogent comment using a quote to illustrate my witty and pithy critique. But after struggling for 30 minutes i realised that you can’t do that with utter claptrap. Any more time spent in trying to do is just time wasted. So i went and talked to the dog. It’s a much better use of any fraction of my alloted span.

  19. I wonder if there’s a name for the dawning realisation among those who have dealings with Murphy that he is a completely pompous moron and a complete and utter cunt as well.

    So many people must have had this. TJN, UCL, the Labour Party, his book publishers, his ex-wives, anyone who has wandered onto his blog thinking it might be a forum for educated debate about tax and economics, people he bumps into down the pub.

    Every single one of them and us must have had that moment when it all clicks into place and makes sense. The kaleidoscopic brain vomiting ceases to be confusing and you realise there is no sense to be made of it, no point in trying to understand it and no chance of countering the arguments just as there is no way of fighting a giant blancmange.

  20. @john square he got in because he was mates with a couple of academics in the right department. A friend was on the interview panel, if it weren’t already a foregone conclusion he wouldn’t have got the job. If he was taken seriously he would have got a job at Cass not in International Politics. Academia University’s are a weird world. The weird thing is his full time position only came about due to money from the “neo-liberal” EU. He did seem to complain when it was granted…

  21. John Square said:
    “The kind of places Ritchie ‘works’ it’s not like an interview would be hard to get. City obviously don’t set the bar high. I assume that a normal person could walk in and get made VC or something.”

    I doubt it; their selection procedures are probably designed to ensure that no “normal person” gets in.

  22. @AnootherPaul.

    Shit- all that leverage, and he’s only there one day a week?

    As AndrewC says- even his mates think he’s a prick. I’m beginning to think he’s been retained as a kind of jester.

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