Monday, December 03, 2007

Maddy Bunting: fucking insane

This woman is stark, staring mad and a peddler of shit.

Via Timmy, I find this execrable lament for our consumption habits, written by Madeleine Bunting. The central point of her poorly written and badly researched article is that the more insecure that we are, the more consumer goods we buy. And the more consumer oriented we become, the worse our behaviour becomes. Personally, I think that she's talking shit, and dangerous shit at that.

But it is the last two paragraphs which, frankly, fill me with dread.
Eat, drink and be miserable: the true cost of our addiction to shopping

But equally possible is a win-win scenario; a low-consumption economy oriented towards facilitating the real sources of human fulfilment. Most of us dimly recognise that huge lifestyle changes are necessary, but we're waiting for someone else to initiate the process. It's a question of "I will if you will"—the title of a thoughtful report last year from the government's Sustainable Development Commission.

Hearteningly, we know it can be done—our parents and grandparents managed it in the second world war. This useful analogy, explored by Andrew Simms in his book Ecological Debt, demonstrates the critical role of government. In the early 1940s, a dramatic drop in household consumption was achieved—not by relying on the good intentions of individuals (and their ability to act on that coffee-stained pamphlet), but by the government orchestrating a massive propaganda exercise combined with a rationing system and a luxury tax. This will be the stuff of 21st-century politics—something that, right now, all the main political parties are much too scared to admit.

For fuck's sake! Firstly, Maddy, anthropogenic climate change is a fucking myth, OK? There isn't even any evidence that the earth is warming, let alone the lack of evidence that we are causing it. But lest anyone wonder why I keep bangning on about AGW, it is precisely because people like this insane bitch would seriously attempt to curtail our freedoms in the ways described.

Because—oh dear god—the last paragraph is truly terrifying. Here we have a woman writing in a free press encouraging a government dictatorship! She is actually proposing that the state should tell us what we really want, how we should pursue our own happiness, and that the state should stop us achieving our own goals. Need I point out that I find this an absolutely disgusting point of view?

Mike Power sums it up rather well.
What a radical proposal: Eat (less), Drink (less) and be (more) Miserable. All done by government diktat and propaganda. I'm old enough to remember the days of rationing (and ID cards) and if Bunting thinks we were all happier back then she's even more stark, staring bonkers than I feared.

Seriously, it's like we are taking a step backwards: having worked for centuries to become freer and richer than ever before, mad fucking bitches like Madeleine Bunting want the state to take control over every aspect of our lives and ration what we do with everything that we have.

Does she seriously believe this shit? Can she really be advocating a state that bears such similarity to that of Communist Russia—after all, they had very effective rationing.

Madeleine Bunting, you are a disgusting creature who I would love to see hanging from a lamp post beside all of the politicians, tap-dancing on thin air, you hideous statist cow.

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think a correction of her article is needed:

In the early 1940s, a dramatic drop in household consumption was achieved...

...by the Second World War and an accompanying 50 million+ deaths.

Are journalists now so ignorant, so totally fucking historically illiterate, that they really see the rationing of the early 1940s as part of some stupid fucking exercise in ecological cuddliness?

Swear to Christ, some scholar of Reception Studies needs to write a fucking article on Maddy Bunting because the best example of seeing the past through the lens of the present that this here motherfucker has ever seen.

I want some sausages. So I shall go and get some.

The Great Simpleton said...

"Andrew Simms in his book Ecological Debt, demonstrates the critical role of government. In the early 1940s, a dramatic drop in household consumption was achieved—"

That's because the Germans were sinking our ships, bombing us and killing our soldiers. They had just blitzkeiged across Europe and were camped on the other side of the channel. Hardly needed a Goverement to point out the bleeing obvious, did it?

Or are they saying that global warming is akin to the threat of the Germans? If they are then then I concur, starj raving bonkers and control freaks to boot.

Tom said...

I agree Bunting is wrong on this.

I'm less convinced that hanging people you disagree with from lamp-posts is a particularly good anti-authoritarian response.

Compare "people like this insane bitch would seriously attempt to control our freedoms" with "you are a disgusting creature who I would love to see hanging from a lamp-post". It's great to be free to express your views, isn't it?

sniper said...

Pass the Victory Gin.

Devil's Kitchen said...

Tom,

You haven't quite got the hang on this site, have you...

DK

Anonymous said...

I thought it said 'lap-dancing'. :(

Tom said...

Sorry DK, I hadn't noticed the tag "just not fucking funny". Damn right you're not. I get it now.

Devil's Kitchen said...

Good. Now how about your exercise your free choice and stop reading? You'll not be missed.

DK

Tom said...

Sorry, yeah - back to the cheerleaders.

Newmania said...

I get it now....

In the star from your Prison Yard bully lover boy I should think prissy knickers. Some people just suck the joy from life don`t they.
A better way of controlling consumption would be to have less people which ,since it became a problem asociated with immigration, the left hair shirts have fogotten . Similiarly on a world wide scale when the West was having to much fun we were always being told to stop breeding .Now its the brown fellas fault there is silence .

This is a more malign than you say DK .She is suggesting that the goevernment take our money and persuade us we are bad . There is far far to much of this already.

I think there is something in the idea that during the war we became a better people and I would like to see a return of the national pride and communality that stood alone against the Hun armed only with a cricket bat and a stern expression. It is true people were less greedy superficial , and pulled together.

I do not advocate a war..( well sometimes its tempting) but a return to the National pride that " suckeled and nurtured Devil`s Kitchen" would be good thing probably for the enviroment as well. david cameronsNational Service idea is brilliant and would do soem of the slovenly oiks that comment here a lot of good
But if we want a sense of "we" , we ought to stop changing what "we" is into "anyone who gets the Ferry".

I do not see the state has a role but I do see a role in capitalism and fashion in encouraging cleaner and sustainable products . The state should offer tax breaks for research and scrap VAT on good things . The tax break on Research is especially important.


This is the problem with Green poltics which I do not dismiss as readily as the "suckled and nurtured " DK. Of course we should clean up our shit , but it should be a free choice which ordinary people will be glad to take encouraged by a reduction of the states hand .

I think even DK would be happy to join in the global effort to tend ailing Gaiea if it wasn't associated with sneaky efforts to usher in Glogal Government and socialist authoritarianism.

Chuck Unsworth said...

Such a pity that Bedlam was closed. She'd have been an ideal candidate.

Equally a pity that she can't even put a decent sentence together. Clearly she's yet another State Education victim. Time for some 'remedial' lessons, I think.

Mark Wadsworth said...

What Sniper says.

What these bastards want is to whip up a climate of fear - whether of terrorism, unemployment, global cooling, oil running out, whatever - so that teh All Protecting and All Kowing State can come and fix it.

Well I'm not scared of people who eat or drink too much (provided they don't get violent) or of people who buy flashy cars and TVs. No really, they just don't scare me in the slightest.

Chuck Unsworth said...

@ Mark Wadsworth

- so you're a bit of a hard case, eh?

Ian said...

Ugh. I didn't get to the last paragraph because what preceded it was just so much regurgitated anti-Western crap.

A very good example of the Green agenda without its usual clothes on.

Ian said...

P.S Thanks for pointing me back to that article. That is one of the most horrifying things I've ever seen on CiF.

My response is up on the thread at 2:19PM.

Ian

Nick said...

I am amazed DK that you passed on the opportunity to call her "Madeleine Cunting".

For shame DK! For Shame!

Some guy on Samizdata suggested feeding the demented, evil, cow feet first into a wood-chipper. That's about right.

robin said...

How to reduce consumerism and fuel usage ?

Have an economic depression.

Why isn`t that advocated ?

Ian said...

Robin: It was. George Monbiot wrote a column to exactly that effect a month or two ago.

Ed said...

Robin, I think you'll find that's exactly what the government has in store for us!

Remember Labour campaigned hard against BREAD coming off the ration - a full FIVE YEARS after the end of WW2. I think Brown is just about old enough to remember that Utopia of old.

Anonymous said...

Its fantasy. Its all fantasy. Everything these people write and say is like Lord of the fucking Rings except crap. What the fuck is going on? Should i learn how to shoot?

Travis Bickle said...

No doubt all those delegates assembling in Bali, many arriving in private jets, will come up with many new suggestions on preventing the rest of us from travelling anywhere. Fucking hypocrites.

The Great Simpleton said...

Travis,

Has as been said by people more eloquent than I: I'll start beleiving there's a crisis when these fuckers start acting like there's a crises.

15,000 of the fuckers in Bali - as the englishamn says, lets jump up and down we might cause another Tsunami

gordon-bennett said...

Her parents were clairvoyant in naming her Mad Elaine.

(They probably win the Lottery every week but still don't feel it makes up for having had her.)

Shug Niggurath said...

On the topic of CC....

http://icecap.us/images/uploads/Evans-CO2DoesNotCauseGW.pdf

Inky Thinkubator said...

...Nick, I was so happy to be scrolling down realising no-one had spotted that Bunt rhymes with Cunt, until I read your comment. Cunting Bunting.

Could we send her to the Sudan with an "I named by Teddy Mohammed" t-shirt?

the a&e charge nurse said...

Devil - I see you continue to be haunted by your usual imaginary demons.

Don't worry, if the credit mountain is anything to go by the retail world must be doing something right ?

Actually there is quite a lot of theory about the pyschology which is said to drive consumerism - such as ambivilance associated with loss [money/credit] and gain [new gadget].

I must admit most of this stuff goes over my head, but rationing seems pretty unlikely, at least until future wars [for diminishing natural resources, such as oil, etc] really get going.

Anonymous said...

She is actually proposing that the state should tell us what we really want, how we should pursue our own happiness

So, who does decide what makes you happy? Seriously. Where do your norms and values come from?

cassandra said...

Who needs fucking rationing when there is the mother of all depressions coming on! Most people AND the government are hocked upto the eyeballs with massive debt/ mortgages and credit cards. House prices are over inflated by upto 40% and when they head south the job market will collapse! I fully expect to see 4million on the dole by the end of the next decade. There wont be enough money going into government coffers to pay for the NHS/social services/police/tax credits/defence/pensions and when massive cuts are made, the unions/rabble will go mental! And our retarded muppet commisars bleat on about global warming! The UK is heading for third world status where finding enough to eat will be a difficult fight each day AND we are heading for a global cool phase which will make living below the poverty line impossible for the elderly Etc. Our imecile leader Gordon(retard)Brown spent all the nations reserves instead of putting it away for leaner times AND the thick cunt wants to blow money we dont have fighting a global warming problem that doesnt exist! Gordon(fuckwitt)Brown fantasises about building millions of new houses when he knows there wont be enough money in the kitty to pay the regime wages bill!
Talk about a fools paradise!

A&E charge nurse,
You talk of a credit mountain and I can only assume you have not heard of the credit crunch?

John Trenchard said...

be very afraid DK. what this moonbat is proposing is exactly what the ecofascists are proposing.

the communists haven't gone away you know - they've just changed their colour from red to green.

John Trenchard said...

"Should i learn how to shoot?
12/03/2007 03:50:00 PM"

yes. most certainly. i'm currently researching how i can organise some gun training in Arizona or somewhere in the states like that. being able to handle a weapon will be a useful skill in the years to come. i think of it as an insurance policy. just in case.

mitch said...

I bet she has some real disgusting habit to be that fucked up.snot eating maybe?
with people like her what was the point of evolving perhaps we should live in trees and shit on the floor.

Machiavelli's Understudy said...

Christ on a pogo stick... I've never seen the comments here as busy!

Anyway, despite what people say about 'the dead tree press', I'm increasingly curious about the potential (need?) for a newspaper with classic liberal leanings.

The Sun still has, what, 2 million readers? They're not going anywhere overnight- not until you can publish blogs on inexpensive, disposable digital paper that you can roll up and slide in to your arse pocket.

Say what you like about Sun readers- they're the man in the pub who disseminates ideas in a nutshell; the cab driver who likes to tell you what he read in the paper and what he thinks is going to happen in the future; the bricky who's loud and opinionated. These people are (believe it or not) intellectuals who are responsible for the wider propagation of ideas in our societies. If we can reach them with our ideas and win them over, we're on the road to somewhere.

If we can give people tits, telly and two or three ideas precised in a short article, then I think we can make a real difference, and start to win the war of ideas against shitbags like this bint.

Larry Teabag said...

Maddy is indeed fucking bonkers. But thanks to John Trenchard for demonstrating that fucking-bonkers-ness is at least as prevalent on the right-wing as the left.

Rob said...

I guarantee that this mad tart lives in a property massively larger than mine, burns far more electricity/enery than I do, and earns far more than I do. She is a f*cking hypocrite as well as a gold medal loon.

My prediction - she'll be a raving Islamofascist within five years. She already has the totalitarianist viewpoint; sooner or later she'll realise that all she has to do to convert to Islamism is wear a veil.

Mad as a f*cking brush, but far more dangerous.

Homophobic Horse said...

Let's not forget the "we're all Hezbollah" Islamofascist chumps.

Things can change quickly.

Use your vehicle of salvation and go buy a gun. And give your gun to Jesus and say: "Jesus. I love you Jesus, and I'm gonna kill the disciples of Satan and destroy the pagan earth worshippers, and destroy planned parenthood."