The poor are specifically marketed high-interest loans that are beyond their ability to pay.
The supposedly decadent arts were co-opted into New Labour’s post-socialist agenda.
That the Government has spent €4 bn on the putrid, festering sore that is Anglo Irish Bank was not mentioned.
“You should be grateful to have the job,” we hear, and we don’t complain.
Nothing like a recession to increase mass attendance and the attempted spinning of supernatural phenomena.
On what planet would driving unemployment to shouting distance of 20 percent “fix” the problem?
“I’m trying to show people that I’m not asking them to live an ascetic life of renunciation and denial, but actually a much more abundant life of fun and pleasure.”
Do we want to create lots of private economic wealth, or are we actually trying to get at a measure of social wealth as embodied in parks, orchestras, clean transport, libraries, schools?
The union movement in the U.S. has been shrinking since the 1970s. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 12.4% of American workers are unionized.
So why, if nationalizing the banks in this way isn’t a particularly socialist way to do things, hasn’t Obama’s economic team already done so?