Naomi Klein speaks out!

Here is what we need to understand: a hell of a lot of people are in pain. Under neoliberal policies of deregulation, privatisation, austerity and corporate trade, their living standards have declined precipitously.

This is true in Greece, Spain and other places wilting under the German satrapy. Which isn’t what we would normally call neoliberalism if we are to be frank.

And, umm, where are these other people whose incomes have been slashed? Sure, there’s an unlucky 10% or so of the global population whose incomes neoliberalism hasn’t increased but that’s a rather different matter, isn’t it?

15 thoughts on “Naomi Klein speaks out!”

  1. Yeah but that 10% makes up 40-50% of the electorate in the US and Europe. And since we, despite all our piously professed sentiments, we don’t actually give a shit about our fellow man somewhere else, this is a problem.

  2. If you lost your job as librarian because the local council cited austerity, your income would indeed have been slashed. Ms Klein doesn’t seem to understand that job turnover is a normal part of life.

    Also, in the Guardian’s London-centric world, rent growth has exceeded inflation for most of the past decade. That puts pressure on standards of living. Outside London the situation is more normal.

  3. “So let’s get out of shock as fast as we can…”

    Good idea, love, but you’re talking about people still bitter over Orgreave and the Falklands (and probably the Jarrow March too), so good luck with that!

  4. So Much For Subtlety

    What austerity? The only reason the Greeks have not defaulted is because they continue to run a deficit. They are still stealing German money to pay for a life style above their means.

    Now admittedly they are lying about that but they are.

    The solution is obvious – default. Then they will discover what living within your means really means.

  5. Has the dozy bitch discovered that corporate socialism is very nearly as disastrous as state socialism?

    She should go tell the rest of her gang.

    We already know.

  6. Good idea, love, but you’re talking about people still bitter over Orgreave and the Falklands (and probably the Jarrow March too), so good luck with that!

    Most of the people bitching on Twitter about Orgreave weren’t even born when it took place. Most of them probably had never even heard of it until a month ago.

    How can they be ‘bitter’ about something they did not experience and had no knowledge of until very recently?

  7. “How can they be ‘bitter’ about something they did not experience”

    You could say much the same about slavery. And most of the whingeing about sexism and racism.

    Yet still they go on…

  8. “Under..policies of deregulation…their living standards have declined…”

    Show me someone whose living standards have increased because of regulation and I’ll show you a public sector parasite with a job in a regulatory agency.

  9. “But what we know from the 1930s is that what it takes to do battle with fascism is a real left.”
    Yeah! Like the pacifist George Lansbury who led the Labour party; like Bertrand Russell who refused to fight and demanded the British government defend him; like Stalin who did a deal with Hitler to carve up Poland. The guy who actually did stand up against Nazism was the bumptious aristocrat Winston Churchill.

  10. Having grown up and lived in the South Wales valleys through the period of the miners strike, having family that were miners the crap I’ve heard from leftie idiots over the years whose main experience is watching billy eliot is beyond belief, I gave up a long time ago and just learnt to ignore it.

  11. Ironman,

    It’s ok about those 40-50% of the electorate in Europe and the US though. The top 0.1% are making more than enough to make up for their loss. All they have to do is convince the 50-60% that are still doing ok to show up to the polls and we can keep the status quo.

    Thank goodness the Pound is finally getting replaced by the Euro and the glass ceiling has been shattered.

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