It’s probably too much to ask that Mr. Luce face the terrible fact that we now live in a Post-Neo-Liberal world, or more simply the utter decline of that spent political delusion, still in it’s death rattle : witness the rise of Syriza and Podemos, or most importantly in this instance Mr. Garcia, or Hanukkah Harry as Mayor Emanuel dubbed him in their debate. His Honor is a part time Borscht Belt comic!
Instead Mr. Luce offers the reader political melodrama:’a battle of Thatcherite intensity’ as in ‘Sooner or later it must pay its bills.’ a place holder for a political analysis based in the empirical, or even just an exercise in the anecdotal. Mr. Luce adds fuel to his bonfire: ‘Mr Emanuel has five weeks to save his job — and the future of Chicago’s public finances.’ Mr. Garcia can’t postpone the reality of a city in need of Neo-Liberal rescue: just increase the level of Austerity as antidote to the preceding attempts that failed to deliver the desired result. That in it’s essence is the Luce incantation, with the addition of Public Sector Union as one of the villains and the Daily Dynasty’s cowardice/enabling of those Unions and their rapacious political allies. Mr. Luce constructs a modern Neo-Liberal Mystery Play.