Pretty Boy Reactionary and The Sale of The Century

http://www.newsweek.com/2011/02/20/sale-of-the-century.html#

In his latest article for Newsweek Pretty Boy Reactionary (PBR) has hit on a capital idea: the sale of our unusable and even usable public assets for a tidy profit, and reap the benefits of someone else paying for upkeep and maintenance of highways etc.But here is the treasure buried deep in his set of arguments, a dubious neo-statistical garnish; 'Second, the goal of public policy should not be to protect public-sector workers from market discipline that will raise their productivity.'Ah! the failed idea and practice of Free Market Economics is here, in a foreshortened form, presented as sort of science, rather than as the the failed Political Romanticism that it really is. PBR has no shame or remorse or just plain common sense, to think we might forget, willfully or not, his undying fealty to that one dimensional corporate feudalism. Its always about workers, the lower orders and their lack of productivity i.e. their inherent laziness. Haven't we heard this before, this idea has a long tortured history! But PBR has no problem constructing complicated indeed Byzantine arguments for British Imperialism, so an updated form of indentured servitude can't be far from being posited as necessary, even profitable. More hastily written propaganda that should be an embarrasment to both author and publisher. 

About stephenkmacksd

Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.' https://www.lrb.co.uk/v15/n20/perry-anderson/diary
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