Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
i think it's vital to take back language from the orwellian hijack that's going on right now.

liberal, neoliberal, conservative, neoconservative, all terms that are so fucking bogus it makes me want to scream.

the moneyed class depend on mystification to keep the great unwashed confused.

we need to cut through the gordian knot of bogus language by patiently demystifying terms, deconstructing bogus arguments and straw men, circular logic and all the bullshit we're being fed right now.

blogs are revealing how many intelligent, creative, caring people are out there, willing to give time to analysis and hopeful projection of values that work for us on a micro level up to working on the macro.

as de says, the difference between theory and practice is practice.

i think fun should be the new value, especially fun that doesn't add to the gnp.

in this way we undermine the commoditisation that seeks to banalise beauty and make us think all happiness is buyable.

that myth is very difficult to break through, and yet i see no better alternative.

i like the phrase 'steady-state economics', as growth should be an effect of living well, respecting the ecology, with its finite aspects held up as supremely important.

by affirming that economics is not the be-all and end-all of life, we can undermine the massive clutch on our collective unconscious that the 'hidden persuaders' of hype have bamboozled their wicked way to.

the best things in life should be free, like rainwater to the bolivians.

instead we have corporations convincing us that privatising the planet to sell it back to us is the best and most efficient way to run our lives.

this is such a crappy myth it should need no deconstruction, but look at where we are.

to take back language, to make lying unnacceptable, now that would be a victory of mythic proportion.

so blog on me hearties

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Apr 19th, 2006 at 05:42:15 AM EST

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