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Mind the gap: New age of inequality & its advocates 

04.12.2013 08:44

Over the last 30 years or so, we’ve witnessed a massive rise in inequality in Britain and in other countries across the world as neo-liberal economic policies replaced the more collectivist social democratic ones which dominated in 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.

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Vasile Andreescu 15.12.2013 11:31

Congratulations for a brilliant article! It says everything in such a short space, its condensed form gives it its tremendous force of appeal to readers' reasoning and hearts. It is especially dear to me as these are exactly my ideas, that I have gathered through intense study on the economic and social issues. One problem remains though: no leadership could take such oppressive steps unless a politically illiterate populace supported it through its coward silence and through letting itself injected with the poison of reckless consumerism. When people wake up, policies will change. It makes people accomplice to it.

 

Ivica Gorgievski 10.12.2013 14:00

Who Is The Enemy? Degenerated Elites driven by corruption possession illness... hold the humanity in slavery....

 

LisaAgnes 09.12.2013 19:32

amere-brush-ha nd 09.12.2013 16:29

Bordering on psychotic. They live in a different world. They have no idea what it is like to struggle or to lose a job.

  


Yo u know, I am starting to think that you are correct. Normal people like you or I just don't exist for these people - we don't even qualify as people in their eyes- only those who have over a certain amount of money even qualify as human to them. They are only capable of 'seeing', those who are like them. The rest of us, they see only as a huge hulking mass to exploit or to beat back.

 

amere-brush-hand 09.12.2013 16:29

The war on society and the poor was started by Thatcher and Reagan and has intensified ever since. Cameron and Boris Johnson are sociopaths. They were born into privilege and vast wealth.

They went to private expensive schools where they were indoctrinated to think of themselves as special and as people who were destined to become leaders. They have no empathy for people.

Bordering on psychotic. They live in a different world. They have no idea what it is like to struggle or to lose a job. No wonder they support the criminal bankers who crashed the UK. UK is full of millions of people in severe poverty.

 

mergon 07.12.2013 14:29

The world has been turned into one big game of monopoly
with one difference only the rich can play gone is the old game of putting hotels on park lane now its fraking in areas of outstanding beauty , the utilities that were cheap in the old game are now very much sought after ,it was not long ago when a companies profits were tens of thousands now its in the tens of millions or more !

If your not a player or an mp or minister you cant play the game so your a nobody !

 

Wake Upton 05.12.2013 12:52

Borrowing is being promoted by big financial organisations in order to control the ordinary people a lot easier.

 

LisaAgnes 04.12.2013 23:45

It's all about the marketplace and letting it be a huge devouring beast, for both ends of the spectrum here in the USA in modern times, although 'neoliberal' policy would be the one traditionally in the USA associated with the people on the right, who favor just letting the marketplace operate for the most part without any restraints whatsoever. I think it is semi-important for people in the USA to understand that there is not really any 'labour' type party in the USA. There is no large party that is in favor of putting restraints on marketplace action. All of them want to just let it be a devouring beast.

 

LisaAgnes 04.12.2013 23:40

Leon the Professional 04.12.2013 23:21


I don't buy that, the word 'neo-liberal' has also been applied to Barrack Obama and his foreign interventions when they really are chickenhawk conservative policies, just George Bush's fourth term.
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Th at's the thing... actually in the USA, modern democrats are also neoliberals, who favor 'complete freedom in the marketplace'. We don't really have a true left in the USA - there are a few socialist parties, but they don't have any political representation, and we don't have any 'labour' type parties.

 

mergon 04.12.2013 22:18

They are or have sold off just about everything ,
to their rich friends ,government is now run from number 10 corporation street ,they just have to rename it !

 

LisaAgnes 04.12.2013 21:05

[quote name='Leon the Professional' time='04.12.2013 20:27'][quote]

No, this isn't his usage, it is the way the word 'neoliberal' is commonly used. It means liberal with regards to the marketplace, i.e., having an attitude something like, 'anything goes' or 'do whatever you want in the marketplace, we won't get in your way'. In the USA, this really represents the far right on the political spectrum, not the left, even though people to the left are called 'liberals'. 'Neoliberal' has a specific meaning, and refers mainly to one's beliefs about how the marketplace should operate... or at least that is my understanding.

 

LisaAgnes 04.12.2013 20:15

Codename Taco 04.12.2013 19:20

The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. [...]

  


Who is 'The Party'?... and I think there have been many organizations like this, over many thousands of years.

 

Codename Taco 04.12.2013 19:31

Money is the power to get people to do what you want them to. But it is only an abstraction. It is not luxury that motivates, it is power. When the masses go through financial withdrawal and eventually stop caring about wealth, you will still have the police state to control the herd. The police won't even need a decent wage, just the joy of being able to murder and rape. Government actors are addicted to power. Most hookers could be paid with drugs, most cops could be paid with nothing more than authority. They really should flag pathological types for recruitment. Every great age ends in darkness...

 

Codename Taco 04.12.2013 19:20

The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives.

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