I'll do a Friday links list when I've got more time later, but this by Lenin is one of the best things I've read all week:
If these people have the monopoly of political initiative, they'll be able to use this crisis to roll back your rights even further. They'll say that trade unions are distorting the market by artificially raising wages and discouraging hiring, and they'll want new laws restricting membership. They'll say that social security distorts the market by disincentivising labour and encouraging widespread abstention from work. They'll say that pension entitlements are unsustainable with an ageing population, that the retirement age needs lifting since people are living so long, and that the taxes paid by corporations and the rich to help fund such bleeding-heart programmes are discouraging investment. If people resist, they'll say that violence is being promoted by political extremists and that for the time being certain rights need to be suspended until such time as people prove themselves mature enough to have them restored. Oh, but, don't worry: they're your friends, and they're there to help you. Just be patient and the wealth will trickle down.
What Lenin doesn't add is that these measures shall be cheered to the rafters by the press (apart from the evil left-leaning Trots at the BBC, obviously, whom I am defending through my blog), the right and 'libertarian' bloggers - and with total consensus over neoliberalism from New Labour to the Tories to Nick Clegg's Lib Dems, we have no choice over whether this happens or not. This crisis is a great big opportunity to push the project that little bit further. It's a socking great open goal.
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