Strong stuff, eh? But whilst I would always send you over to Timmy for his detailed and fact-filled ripping apart of Johann Hari's crapulous ignorance, in this case I wish to do so in order to point out that Johann Hari is a filthy, stinking liar. In fact, Johann Hari is such a fucking obvious stinking fucking liar that he must have ambitions to be a politician.
You see, Johann Hari—the total cunting liar that he is—claims that when Britain abolished slavery, its GDP fell.
After slavery was abolished in 1833, Britain's GDP fell by 10 percent...
As Timmy points out, this is a massive lie. Well, either its a massive lie, or Hari is pulling "facts" from out of his arse. And given how cultured and educated this little shit claims to be, I can only assume that he is a lying shitbag.
Well, actually, I am damn sure that he's a shitbag. And now I am pretty sure that he's a liar too.
Which makes Johann Hari a lying shitbag.
Anyway, what Johann is basically saying is that the Chinese are complaining about their working conditions—conditions that countries more advanced than them went through 150 years ago. Hari is basically also pointing out that—although such capitalism has raised more people out of absolute poverty than ever before—people always want more.
Well, of course they do, Johann: you see, as Adam Smith appreciated, it is self-interest that motivates human beings, not altruism. D'oh.
This is a splendid quote from his article though...
One worker said: "My job is to put rubber pads on the base of each computer mouse ... This is a mind-numbing job. I am basically repeating the same motion over and over for over 12 hours a day."
Yes, this is what factory line working is about, you nitwit. Working on a factory line is a shit job. So is mining: that's a shit job too.
And yet people like Hari will bemoan the "decline of manufacturing" and the "destruction of Welsh mining communities". Manufacturing and mining are—and always have been—shit jobs.
The only reason that arseholes like Hari deplore their lack is because posh, cocktail-drinking, Islington-living,
But because benefits in this country are so huge, people in this country never have to do those shit jobs either. This is what the Romanian President had to say...
In an extraordinary TV broadcast, Traian Basescu paid tribute to the two million Romanians who live and work abroad instead of claiming benefits at home.
'Imagine if the two million Romanians working in Britain, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, came to ask for unemployment benefits in Romania,' he said.
'So to these people we have to thank them for what they are doing for Romania.'
And Mr Basescu blamed the boom in emigrant Romanian workers on lazy Westerners.
'In those countries, the social protection is at a level that makes it more comfortable to be unemployed.'
'Romanians do that hard labour for them and to earn better and make more money than they could at home,' claimed President Basescu.
But someone has to do these shitty jobs—so Chinese people die so that our benefit scroungers can have cheap hi-fis.
And Johann "total fucking liar" Hari's solution is...?
Oh, that's right: he doesn't have one. The fat little bastard has some eighty pizzas to eat, so he's just phoned in his column and is going home to listen to his blood-splattered hi-fi.
What a fat, ignorant, lying little cunt Johann Hari is.
UPDATE: oh, look—Dick Puddlecote points out that little Johann has form in the making-shit-up arena.
For a lefty propagandist like Johann Hari, a chance to link the collective Copenhagen gnashing of teeth with an anti-capitalist rant against favoured socialist targets, Coke and McDonalds, was too delicious to resist.Johann Hari: Leaders of the rich world are enacting a giant fraud
Every delegate to the Copenhagen summit is being greeted by the sight of a vast fake planet dominating the city's central square. This swirling globe is covered with corporate logos – the Coke brand is stamped over Africa, while Carlsberg appears to own Asia, and McDonald's announces "I'm loving it!" in great red letters above. "Welcome to Hopenhagen!" it cries. It is kept in the sky by endless blasts of hot air.
However, according to one of his commenters, the only fraud being committed here is by Hari himself.As senior programmer on the sphere you complain so bitterly about, I know for certain that there is no coke logo or macdonalds either. Seems like you made the whole thing up (again).
No coke, no macdonalds.
In fact all of the logos move continually, so the bit about " the Coke brand is stamped over Africa, while Carlsberg appears to own Asia, and McDonald's announces "I'm loving it!" in great red letters" is patently false.
The only macdonalds advert is on a macdonalds restaurant 100m away.
But then, the story wouldn't have had the same righteous appeal if Hari had mentioned sponsors such as the prominently-featured Siemens instead. Their global involvement in energy and healthcare isn't as easy to dismiss as irrelevant to COP15 as a Happy Meal is.
As I said, poor Johann seems to have a little difficulty in distinguishing fact from fiction, and to have a big problem telling the difference between being a storyteller and a journalist. Or, to put it more simply, Johann Hari is a liar.