Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A grave concept error

In his own inimitable style, ChickenYoghurt takes issue with Mad Nad Dorries's claim (in an interview with the Sunday Times, and reported at The Nadine Dorries Project*) that the UK has a "socialist elite".
I for one am cockerhoop at this news. Brothers and sisters, let us rejoice! There’s me thinking we toil under the stern gaze of emotionally retarded millionaires and other assorted neo-liberal sociopaths when all the time we’ve been living in a Marxist paradise. At last I can stop bitching about the government and enjoy the utopia I’ve hitherto failed to notice flowering around me.

Ah, well... The trouble is, CY, you've made rather an error here. Leaving aside the issue of whether or not there is a socialist elite in the UK, you have made the schoolboy error of assuming that—if there were—that this elite would have the slightest interest in making your life any better in any way whatso-fucking-ever.

They wouldn't. Just think of the kind of champagne socialists** you know that would make up this so-called elite—do you seriously think that they have any desire to improve the lives of ordinary people?

Tired comparisons they may be but—lest ye be tempted to point out that Brown and Blair were not real socialists—do you think that the elites of Soviet Russia, the Khmer Rouge's Cambodia or Communist China had any interest in the wellbeing of their peoples? I think not.

So it is a grave error to assume that you'd notice any sort of Utopia even if the UK was run by a socialist elite...

* Is there really a need for this site? Is there a blog out there called the Roger Irrelevant Project...?

** I assure you that the fact that both of my examples work for the tax-dodging, hedge-fund investing Scott Trust Ltd is purest coincidence.


Vladimir said...

Ah yes, the very idea of a "socialist elite" or, indeed, a "Liberal Conspiracy" is so laughable that it would probably make an amusingly ironic title for a leftie website...

Meanwhile, the conspiracy of "Christian fundamentalist liar(s)" and "assorted neo-liberal sociopaths" is definitely real and quite obviously controlling everything.

Trooper Thompson said...

If I may, I will quote Orwell from 'The Road to Wigan Pier', writing about the Fabians:

"The truth is that, to many people calling themselves Socialists, revolution does not mean a movement of the masses with which they hope to associate themselves; it means a set of reforms which 'we', the clever ones, are going to impose upon 'them', the Lower Orders. On the other hand, it would be a mistake to regard the book-trained Socialist as a bloodless creature entirely incapable of emotion. Though seldom giving much evidence of affection for the exploited, he is perfectly capable of displaying hatred - a sort of queer, theoretical, in vacuo hatred - against the exploiters. Hence the grand old Socialist sport of denouncing the bourgeoisie. It is strange how easily almost any Socialist writer can lash himself into frenzies of rage against the class to which, by birth or by adoption, he himself invariably belongs."