How to kill your own argument

In each instance, the match may differ, but the kindling has (in most cases) been furnished by the gross inequality produced by global capitalism.

Consider Lebanon. The demonstrations that erupted there in October were triggered by the government’s plan to tax calls made through WhatsApp and other internet services, but they quickly mushroomed into a broader protest against high unemployment, sectarian rule, corruption, and the government’s failure to provide basic services like electricity and sanitation.

12 thoughts on “How to kill your own argument”

  1. ‘the gross inequality produced by global capitalism’

    Wut? Global? If it were global, we’d have mass prosperity.

    But in prosperity, some would have less than others, some more. Inequality is bogus totalist language.

    ‘Six Lebanese billionaires have a combined personal wealth of about $11bn, according to Forbes.’

    Kill them all and take their stuff. In a week, you’ll be back where you started, BUT WITHOUT CAPITAL TO DO ANYTHING.

    Loser.

    ‘Despite their country’s wealth, working Chileans have had to grapple with rising utility costs, stagnant wages and paltry pensions.’

    Kill the countries wealthy. Take their stuff. In a week, working Chileans will have had to grapple with rising utility costs, stagnant wages and paltry pensions.

    ‘In Hong Kong, months of demonstrations have had one overriding goal: resisting China’s encroachments on the city’s autonomy and democratic institutions. That the protests have become so virulent and lasted so long, however, reflects deep exasperation with the region’s sky-high cost of living.’

    Second sentence has nothing to do with first sentence. A catastrophic loss of continuity. Communists only tool is a hammer. Everything looks like nails.

    ‘The 2008 crash stripped the sheen off global capitalism.’

    Yeah, you loved global (sic) capitalism up to 2008.

  2. Bloke in North Dorset

    You know its really bad when even the EU gets fed up of funding Kleptocrats:

    Members of the European Union parliament are starting to get a whiff that EU waste management schemes in Lebanon are bogus, and the former EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is in the firing line.
    A maverick group of MEPs in the European Parliament is planning to recuperate over $38 million the European Commission lost in Lebanon on bogus waste management schemes, along with prosecuting those who were held responsible for the corruption there, TRT World can reveal.

    The news will concern some big players in Lebanon like Najib Mikati and Saad Hariri, who a Lebanese businessman has linked to millions of euros stolen from EU waste management programs and for being behind a new ruse to pilfer even more international aid money heading towards a $1 billion incinerator scam.

    Following an investigation published in May last year, which not only exposed European Union aid being diverted, in many cases, into the pockets of Hezbollah but also linked EU plants to a spike in cancer cases, the European Parliament is about to hit both Lebanon and the office of the EU’s former foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini.

  3. The 2008 “crash” was a nuisance, but it was hardly the Great Depression.

    That did knock the sheen off capitalism. But going non-capitalist in response turned out to be unwise.

  4. “the gross inequality produced by global capitalism”
    “the government’s plan to tax calls made through WhatsApp”

    Bill Gates, The Donald, a raghead on the streets of Beirut. They all pay exactly the same for Whatsapp calls. Nothing.

    So exactly what point are they trying to make?

  5. @Diogenes

    You do have to be insular to write for the Guardian

    Racists, racists everywhere

    …Patrick Ottley-O’Connor claims Laurence Fox had no support backstage, the positive reaction of both the audience and viewing public to Fox’s fusillade was enormously encouraging. Some retaliation has been long overdue against the pernicious identity politics of the Left – particularly the handful of harridans, omnipresent in the media, who believe their race-based beefs should be uncritically heard and left unchallenged.

    One prominent cry-bully of colour is Afua Hirsch, whom Douglas Murray drily describes thus: ‘Afua now hawks herself around the op-ed pages of the West opining about her upbringing in the wilds of Wimbledon and the infamous lack of opportunity for people of colour that led her to have to attend Oxford University.’

    ‘Structural racism’ is of course conveniently intangible: just as a ‘hate crime’ is one ‘perceived by the victim, or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice’, https://www.askthe.police.uk/content/Q643.htm victims of ‘structural racism’ are entirely self-proclaimed. The self-selecting sufferers include those whom Ayesha Hazarika hails as her ‘sisters of colour’

    Ayesha’s oppressed sisters are of course an exclusive group which does not admit conservative women of colour who fail to revel in victimhood, such as the Telegraph’s Sherelle Jacobs. Sherelle provided a much more level-headed assessment of why the hypocritical, sanctimonious and egotistical bit-part actress has departed for Canada

    An exclusive group which ostracises Conservative: ‘people of colour’, LGBT, miners, teachers, academics, BBC staff, public sector etc

    See: Guardian’s Joseph Harker “I couldn’t be friends with a Tory”

    Harker reveal a lot about The Guardian & Left
    ‘I am prepared to debate, as long as my voice is dominant and the opponent understands they are evil’

  6. “who a Lebanese businessman has linked to millions of euros stolen from EU waste management programs and for being behind a new ruse to pilfer even more international aid money heading towards a $1 billion incinerator scam.”

    Sorry, but I don’t feel incensed. EU doing waste management projects in Lebanon – anyone really think that was going to work out well?

    I assume it’s like Obama’s solar projects – just payoffs to supporters.

  7. A lot of this looks like Cargo Cultism. Build sewers and we’ll be prosperous, just like 19th century London!
    No, London was prosperous, which created the need for and the wealth to pay for sewers.

  8. “The 2008 “crash” was a nuisance, but it was hardly the Great Depression.”

    Your neighbor getting laid off is a recession.

    Your getting laid off is a depression.

    Gamecock was laid off in 2009. Gamecock’s portfolio dropped over a third of its value (thanks, Obama). He considers it a depression.

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