Monday, August 09, 2010

Not just dangerous—stupid and corrupt as well

To follow on from my last piece on Catherine Bennett and Harriet Bradley, my impecunious and peripatetic Athenian friend has dug a little deeper and found that the whole article is even more insulting and poisonous than even I had thought.

Do go and read the whole thing but—in the manner of the very best debaters (of which, I am assured, the poor little Greek boy is one)—Mr Eugenides's summary admirably encapsulates the entire sorry debacle in a few pithy sentences.
So, just to recap: a woman who used to live with a lord in a 365-room mansion, now in a household with a combined income of some quarter of a million pounds a year, has read a PR puff commissioned and paid for to advertise a price comparison website, and uses this as evidence that we should all just take what we're given by the state and shut up.

Welcome to the world of chattering-class leftism, readers.

That's right—chattering-class leftism involves fascism, gullibility, corruption, stupidity, massive riches and utterly piss-poor writing. I just can't imagine why everyone isn't bought into this...

Can you?


Chris said...

...chattering-class leftism involves fascism, gullibility, corruption, stupidity, massive riches and utterly piss-poor writing.

So nothing has changed since that glorious day in 1941 when Virginia Woolf (pampered, self-absorbed arch-whitteryclit of the worthless Bloomsbury Axis) did the world a favour by topping herself.

marksany said...

Chris Dillow has a good piece today, arguing that even if people don't make good choices, their choices are good enough to drive out the worst performing suppliers.

Danny Law said...

but part of the problem is that there are large sections of society that DO want the state to make all the decisions for them. particuarly the underclass.

the state becomes a surrogate parent - it gives them everything they need and asks virtually nothing in return

this situation has been getting worse since the second world war and the introduction of the welfare state.

the state gives you free health care, housing, money, education for your kids etc. sure a lot of these services will be crap. but hey - if you aint paying for them you take what you are given. who needs choice. you are only going to perpetuate the same cycle with your own children. so what does it matter

what you do about it - i have no idea - but i suspect the dependency culture will only grow in the foreseeable future.

i cannot envisage these people - who live their whole lives on benefits and handouts and not having to think for themselves - voluntarily giving all that up.

and any government that attempts to do so forecefully will be eviscerated both by the left and all the institutions whose whole existence depends on a client state. more to the point turkey's dont vote for christmas. so how do you ever get a majority in an election to pursue such an aim.

i find it all very depressing. jerry pournelle in the USA on his libertarain blog quoted Kipling the other day. saying that if the Americans are not careful - they will end up just like the British - suckling at the teat of the government the whole of their lives. the poem is 'The Gods of the Copybook Headings' and the most pithy line is ;

'And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins...'

says it all for me

WDH said...

The Gods of the Copybook Headings was recently dug up by no less an esteemed public intellectual than Glenn Beck as part of a bizarre ad campaign to promote his novel. Since then the final stanza has evidently become a kind of handy formula with which to conclude libertarian blog posts.

Unfortunately for libertarians the poem also derides the 'smooth-tongued wizards' of a morally vacant market economy:

"With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things."

In any case, assessing the literary merits of one's ideological opponents is perhaps unwise when one's own ideology suffers from such a paucity of eloquence; Libertarianism has yet to produce a Burke or an Orwell - which presumably explains why its exponents feel compelled to pull Kipling quotations out of context.

Or, you know, they could quote Glenn Beck.

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