The European Tribune is a forum for thoughtful dialogue of European and international issues. You are invited to post comments and your own articles.
Please REGISTER to post.
The issue here is that the politics has become invisible and pretends to be inevitable.
The standard narratives are now built into the frame of the debate. No serious person can ever question them, and even unserious people can have difficulty seeing through them.
Economics is politics by other means
Or in more detail, economics has become a very literal form of Newspeak.
Instead of being simple, it pretends to be complicated. But it has the same deadening effect; dissenting concepts become unthinkable, challenging questions become unaskable, and humane values become morally hazardous.
A pessimist will note that nobody in a position of power to help implement sound policy gives any indication of being able to even think in terms that makes it possible to talk about what a sound policy is.
I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
The elites, collectively, cannot bring themselves to moderate their greed even in the interests of prolonging their highly successful game, and all others have not been able to bring themselves to stop the elites or even to significantly oppose them. So we roll onward towards the cliff that lies ahead. The question that remains is the extent to which those elites and those who serve them understand this and are just caught up "riding the tiger", are complete, unquestioning believers in the propaganda that has been promulgated on their behalf or simply don't care about the consequences and are convinced that the consequences will be for others.
As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by Metatone - Jun 29 50 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jun 28 32 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jul 1 5 comments
by Luis de Sousa - Jun 28 23 comments
by DoDo - Jun 23 22 comments
by das monde - Jun 26 19 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jun 20 355 comments
by melvin - Jun 15 60 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jul 15 comments
by Metatone - Jun 2950 comments
by Luis de Sousa - Jun 2823 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jun 2832 comments
by das monde - Jun 2619 comments
by DoDo - Jun 2322 comments
by gmoke - Jun 233 comments
by DoDo - Jun 214 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jun 20355 comments
by melvin - Jun 1560 comments