Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Bill Mitchell — The Left propaganda that the state is powerless – continues

When we published our latest book – Reclaiming the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World – last September, Thomas Fazi and I approached the UK Guardian to see if they would publish an Op Ed by us summarising the main arguments presented in the book. We received no response. Pluto tell us that the book is one of their better sellers since it was published. And it is not as if the topic is irrelevant in the Guardian’s assessment. That is clear from the fact that on April 5, 2018, they published one of their ‘long read’ articles by Rana Dasgupta – The demise of the nation state – which is a direct refutation of the ideas advanced in our book. This ‘long read’ also falls into the same traps and analytical errors that we point out has besotted the Left side of politics since the 1970s. The article is clearly part of the Guardian’s agenda to appear progressive but, in fact, be anything of the sort. As I have noted previously, the Guardian seems content to publish a torrent of anti-Brexit articles and criticisms of Jeremy Corbyn rather than provide any semblance of balance.
In the US, we call them "limousine liberals" and "latté liberals." They pretend to be progressives on the side of the people, but their real mission is to support the power elite in their push for transnational corporate totalitarianism in the name of "liberalism" and "Western values." The fact is that they are fascists. Fascism is aligned with capital being the chief political factor. In a representative democracy, this occurs through corruption of the political process and state capture. Is the Guardian in the category of promoting this?

Bill Mitchell – billy blog
The Left propaganda that the state is powerless – continues
Bill Mitchell | Professor in Economics and Director of the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), at University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia

1 comment:

Bob Roddis said...

From the mouths of babes. Government has its filthy hands into everything. There goes the “We live in the world of Neoliberalism made by Hayek” schtick.

Slow children need the Book of Knowledge.