September 17, 2009

AH, BUT THE SECRET...:

The monumental collapse of the left: Labour appears to have been crushed by the weight of its own unacknowledged contradictions (Deborah Orr, 9/17/09, The Guardian)

Can it really have come to this? Vote Labour, because we will be miserable as we make cuts to shrink the state! Don't vote Conservative, because they will be gleeful as they hack the public sector back! How did the mainstream left become quite so intellectually feeble, so desperate that it asks the electorate to choose between mere attitudes to the dirty work of an inevitable set of running repairs? How has this wretched failure of principle occurred, just at the time when economic orthodoxy of neo- liberalism has shown itself to be a paradise inhabited by fools?

For 12 years Labour believed it could sequester some of the cash that free-markets seemed to be generating, to build the social democracy that the markets eschewed.


...and this is where the Left flounders, is that you have to return that money to the people in the form of various personal accounts, the State can't hold it and spend it for them. Of course, the Right flounders over diverting the money in the first place...

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 17, 2009 8:05 AM
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