Ritchie on neoliberalism

Neoliberal society worships the cult of the individual.

It does? And here I am, prime neoliberal that I am, thinking that neoliberalism encourages voluntary cooperation rather than forcible cooperation through the mediation of the State.

18 thoughts on “Ritchie on neoliberalism”

  1. People who want central planning always think that they’ll be the ones doing the planning.

    Kim Jong-un may have a surprise or two for them.

  2. Murphy is a paid for hack. If he is so full of socialist fire why wasn’t he on the barricades instead of being a fucking accountant?. He says all the shit to please his PCS masters( ie Marxist turd Serwotka). A Union that is very little help to its members but always has cash to peddle socialist bullshit.

  3. Murphy is not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy! But just to be clear, there is nothing cultish about the individual. Anybody spot the inherent contradition in the term neoliberal society. Lady Margaret might have been misquoted and misunderstood but she was entirely correct – there is no such thing as society.

  4. That should be either “Neoliberalism worships the individual” or “Neoliberalism is part of the cult of the individual.” In its current form, the meaning is essentially “Neoliberalism worships the worship of the individual,” which is just odd.

    You Brits have the worst english.

  5. “For the record, love is not all that you need: you need an income to. If you haven’t got that income love is very hard. But it’s individualism that’s denying many that chance. And that’s my point” – Richard Murphy

    I think – and My God sometimes it’s difficult to work your way through the garbled prose – he means that individualism is denying many the chance of having the income that provides the chance of love. I assume this because he argues that love is very hard without an income. I would dispute that based upon my own life experience – and everyone is free to draw their own conclusions from that, including Mr Murphy.

    However, if income is, as he argues, a near-prerequisite for love, then he would do well to start studying what he calls neoliberalism properly. Because it has been shown to be unarguably the best method man has yet found for enabling the common man to achieve that necessary income.

  6. Navin – we know, but we were going on Murphy, and Murphy can’t compose a decent sentence, any more than he can understand tax law, banking, or economics.

    PS There’s a capital ‘E’ in ‘english’.

  7. @Ironman ‘However, if income is, as he argues, a near-prerequisite for love, then he would do well to start studying what he calls neoliberalism properly. Because it has been shown to be unarguably the best method man has yet found for enabling the common man to achieve that necessary income.’

    That presupposes he gives a fig for the common man, or his income. I doubt the ASI pays as well as the PCS; as a result of this, and since the only income he is concerned with is his own, he won’t be changing his ‘views’ any time soon.

  8. And when it comes to choosing the most expensive house in his postcode, and one of the most expensive in town it was NOT an individual decision. Oh no.

    His wife was involved, dontcha kno’.

    And as for rest of society – who cares what they think? The house is already there, someone has to live in it, may as well be him.

  9. Neo-liberalism worships the cult of the individual.

    The Tax Research movement worships the cvnt that is Richard Murphy

  10. You Brits have the worst english.

    Do you ‘have’ a language? As opposed to speak, write or understand it? It is not a usage with which I am familiar*.

    The Tax Research movement worships the cvnt that is Richard Murphy

    The hideous neo-liberal militaristic response to that is

    “Thou art a fool, messir. Cunts are useful.”

    Although, this whole discourse gave me an interesting little idea. Let’s think about it.

    “Richard Murphy is the Mumbai call-centre of tax economics.”

    1. Omnipresent.

    2. Used by all the organisations you really, really wish would just piss off out of your life.

    3. Although nominally spoken in (or, okay, written in) English, when you actually try to understand what is being said, it might as well be in Navaho.

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