Eh?

5. Kill neoliberalism. Every think tanker, investment analyst and policy adviser who comes out with bullshit about how the market-led system is best must be told: this is where it leads: to Trump, Brexit and Le Pen. Millions of people are sick of seeing wealth flow upwards and good jobs disappear and they will vote to end globalisation if that’s the only way to end the pain. To save globalisation we need to kill neoliberalism.

If anyone would ever give me a working definition of neoliberalism that doesn’t encompass globalisation I’d be interested.

Otherwise Paul Mason’s just spouting bollocks, isn’t he?

Why is it this image which keeps coming to mind?

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30 thoughts on “Eh?”

  1. Because of the reaction to Brexit and now Trump, I’m beginning to believe blood will be shed.

    So many, from Polly to Parris, are writing that certain groups should be excluded from exercising their vote, in order to preserve “democracy”.

    Of course, nobody is suggesting committing a hate crime, goodness me, no.

    So by all means let the Pakistanis continue to have their thirty votes per person, who could possibly dream of being racist and barring everyone of tinge voting, who could be misogynistic and stop women voting, what decent person would stop non heterosexuals voting.

    Seems like the only group left is mine. And even at my advanced years, anyone trying to do that to me will find themselves shitting their teeth.

  2. It’s not worth troubling about what neoliberalism is. It’s certainly not worth bothering to kill neoliberalism because (in the kind of foaming, frothing 180° turn that one knows so well from another quarter, Mason goes on to say:

    6. Design an alternative. Right now the neoliberal elite is in meltdown, because globalisation is on the edge of collapse.

    No, I have no idea what this means but think one can take comfort that the problem -such as it is- is going to go away.

  3. It’s obviously bollocks, because Mason wrote it, but globalisation sounds fucking awful as described there.

    Why would anyone who agrees with what Mason writes want that kind of globalisation, never mind with Neoliberalism in tow?

    Or to put it as an analogy:

    “Setting yourself on fire deliberately means not only weeks of agony, surgery and rehab, you also have to eat that awful hospital food for simply months! DOWN WITH HOSPITAL FOOD!!”

  4. It’s ironic that so many anti-neoliberals cannot see that trump is on their side.

    And that so many neoliberalism think he is on their side.

  5. I would say Mason should consider himself lucky.

    Due to Care in the Community he is free to be at liberty, off medication, and is assessed as posing no danger to himself or others. In previous ages he would have been a long term Bedlam inmate or other such institution. Is it any wonder the Left is knackered when this is considered a standard bearer. Almost as bad as Murphy – but even he can’t shift that singular exemplary cocktail of ignorance, bile and preternatural aversion to correction that is ‘The sage of Ely’ from his top spot as ‘the most ignorant political commentator extant in Britain today’.

  6. “Trump, Brexit and Farage have politicised life”

    YOU FUCKING WHAT???

    From the scum of the left who have been slinging the shite: “The personal is the political” for decades.

    The sooner the Purge the better.

  7. Interesting that ‘Design an Alternative’ is relegated to #6, with the hugely divisive an acrimonious ideas of protest and strike (where would the left be without those) taking the top slots.
    Oh, and ‘an Alternative’ seems to be about as thought through as begging for lower gravity.

    ‘Get a different Media’ – “the liberal elite, […] should put their money where their principles are” – took you long enough, welcome to the party. We’ve eaten all the cake, sorry.

    “concentrate on one point of resistance chosen by you — but at critical moments, and through consensus, drop everything for the one big thing that matters.” – Appointments for the Borg Collective Rapid Response Action Committee are expected to be announced in 6 months time.

    “Take the political battle outside politics.” – There’s no limit to the opportunities for being a fanatical arsehole. Spread the joy!

  8. Lol!

    “We should stop work in the first global mass strike against bigotry.”

    From wiki: “Bigot: a prejudiced or closed-minded person, especially one who is intolerant or hostile towards different social groups”

    I’d say Trump voters were a social group. So who’s the bigot here….?

  9. Take the political battle outside politics.

    Is he somehow under the impression that his lot haven’t been doing this? Has he seen Facebook?

    > It’s not worth troubling about what neoliberalism is.

    I’m coming to the conclusion that, in the minds of the Left, the “neo” has just been carried over from the hated “neoconservative”, where it meant “Jewish” (Jon Snow on Channel 4 even going so unsubtley far as to pronounce Paul Wolfowitz’s name “Volfovitz”, because that’s how English-speaking Americans pronounce a W). Certainly a whole lot of their shit makes far more sense if you listen to it that way.

    (Yes, I’m aware that “makes far more sense” is a low bar here.)

  10. “The creatures outside looked from the small picture of Paul Mason on the Medium blog to the Hitler pictures in their history books, and from Hitler to Mason, and from Mason to Hitler again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

    Try it by the way

  11. Bloke in North Dorset

    For years the left have complained that the USA should stop interfering in other countries’ business and fuck off home.

    They finally get a President who may will do that and the ungrateful bastards still complain. Instead they wanted someone with a history of even more bombing and interfering.

    If they ever stopped their mouths long enough to think for a while their heads really would explode.

  12. (Jon Snow on Channel 4 even going so unsubtley far as to pronounce Paul Wolfowitz’s name “Volfovitz”, because that’s how English-speaking Americans pronounce a W).

    You mean Germans? That is not ‘how English-speaking Americans pronounce a W.’

  13. “Trump, Brexit and Farage have politicised life”

    and

    “Take the political battle outside politics”

    Both in the same article; this is Murphy levels of disconnect.

  14. “If anyone would ever give me a working definition of neoliberalism that doesn’t encompass globalisation I’d be interested”

    It’s very simple, Tim: as Ritchie agreed when I put it to him, neoliberalism is ‘doing what the Jews do’. It’s nothing more than a codeword for the neo-racists to use when they don’t want to admit what they’re really demonising.

  15. “We should stop work in the first global mass strike against bigotry.”

    Fucking Do It. Go on. Switch off the Apple Mac, stop getting on trains to studios. See how much anyone actually cares.

    I’m doing some work in a manufacturing company at the moment. I can’t say what they do, but if you’ve ever seen How It’s Made on Quest, it’s that sort of thing. Something like a photo-me booth or an accordion. High value, but lower volumes. So, not worth getting robots involved. Also, lots of customisation. Orders are very much “they need one of these, but with these features”. I suppose what they do at Morgan Cars might be similar.

    And I can tell you that none of these people will follow Paul Mason or Owen Jones off the factory floor. They aren’t fomenting socialist revolution. They’d like the opportunities, they’d like their kids to have more. There’s no “us and them” with the office. We all bring cakes and fruit from our gardens to share. One guy wants a laptop to learn Photoshop, so I’m thinking of selling him mine, although really, it’s almost a gift. It’s not worth much anyway, but I have a soft spot for people on low incomes who are trying to pull themselves up. I lose £30 and a guy I work with gets the tools to improve his skills? Awesome.

    Because I don’t trust the state to do these things. He’ll get more with that and a £200 Photoshop course than spending thousands on an OU degree.

  16. > For years the left have complained that the USA should stop interfering in other countries’ business and fuck off home. They finally get a President who may will do that and the ungrateful bastards still complain.

    Back in 2000, they hated Dubya because he was an isolationist. He changed his mind after 9/11, and they instantly switched to hating him for not being an isolationist. And of course they even hatched their little theories about how he was delighted by 9/11 as it enabled him to enact his global plans they’d all been warning us about, even though they had in fact been complaining of the exact opposite.

  17. ‘doing what the Jews do’

    Of the people I know I know the personal backgrounds of nearly none of them, so I’ll have to go on very limited data.

    So, ‘doing what the Jews do’ is: marrying my brother, throwing a kick-ass wedding party, teaching english, writing software documentation, hmmm, raising somebody well-balanced enough to marry my brother. Seems pretty good to me, should be encouraged.

  18. Obama also.

    I forget the exact details, but as Libya fell apart, Gaddaffi was counter-punching and rebel areas were at risk.

    As Obama dithered, as well he might, it was made abundantly clear that any innocent Libyan deaths would be on his hands.

    America cannot win.

  19. “Back in 2000, they hated Dubya because he was an isolationist. He changed his mind after 9/11, and they instantly switched to hating him for not being an isolationist. And of course they even hatched their little theories about how he was delighted by 9/11 as it enabled him to enact his global plans they’d all been warning us about, even though they had in fact been complaining of the exact opposite.”

    Yes the utter awfulness of the conventional anti-war movement and opinion was one thing that kept me during that time as a know-nothing teenager in support of the Iraq war. Their awfulness and hypocrisy convinced me wrongly that getting rid of a dictatorship was a good thing, Iraq would be better etc, partly because that bunch of self-hating hypocrites with poor arguments couldnt possibly be right.

    I blame them as an opposition for retarding my own political development.

    One good thing about a Rep in the white house though is the mainstream anti-war marches will come out of the woodwork after 8 disasterous years of not giving a fuck because the CIC is a cool likeable guy.

    I hate conservatives but I really fucking hate liberals.

  20. > Their awfulness and hypocrisy convinced me wrongly that getting rid of a dictatorship was a good thing, Iraq would be better etc

    I’m not convinced it was wrong. The Surge worked and Iraq was pretty stable by the time Obama took over — he himself said so. Pulling all the troops out and destabilising lots of the surrounding countries to help the Muslim Brotherhood may well have more to do with the current clusterfuck than Iraq.

    Plus, as Christopher Hitchens pointed out, the dictatorship was going to fall anyway, as Saddam was old. We had a choice between a destabilized Iraq or a destabilized Iraq we were involved in; a long-term stable Iraq was highly unlikely to be an option.

    The question isn’t, why did we go into Iraq? The question is, why did we lose?

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