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I think that an explanation of why it's called the Anglo Disease would remove the idea that it's somehow bigoted.  This having been said, don't forget that our friend Armando lawyered for Walmart, which is hardly a paragon of corporate social resonsibility.

The problem is that there's an increasing tendency to Liberalism, which really does nothing to deal with the economic issues that underlie much of the current economic debate.

Ironically, in the reading up I've been doing for this paper I've sacrificed my Thanksgiving to, there was a piece that linked the inability of individuals to attain status through consumption with the rejection of mainstream social values.  So the skinhead is driven at least in part by the recognition that while he will likely always be poor and looked down upon in a culture where economic inequality is prevalent, he can turn to race and culture as status markers that can't be taken away from him. This isn't an insolated idea.

The idea that people who can't succeed in the economy turn to other means to get status is something that many books have been written on in recent years, and of course there's the historical case of what happened in Germany.  And even in Rwanda, there was  increasing ineqaulity before the genocide broke out.  Capitalism as the peacemaker doesn't look like such a winner at this point.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 03:33:02 PM EST
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