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September 14, 2007

An Answer to Naomi Klein

The basic thesis of her new book is that:

...that radical neoliberal policies have thrived and depended on social crises and violence for their dramatic advance across the globe over the past generation. This is the "disaster capitalism" that Klein argues has...

A very good response on the CiF thread:

It can be said that Marxist policies "thrived and depended on social crises and violence for their dramatic advance across the globe over the past generation" as well.

The collapse of empires after the First World War and the devastation of the Second World War were the only way that communism advanced in any significant way.

Call it "disaster socialism".


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Very little to add to this. In fact, there's nothing to add to it.

Posted by: jameshigham | Sep 14, 2007 10:59:50 AM

I guess that "tu quoque" is a fallacy is another one of the many things that Tim is ignorant of.

Posted by: Robert | Sep 14, 2007 12:17:03 PM

I guess that "tu quoque" is a fallacy is another one of the many things that Tim is ignorant of.

Exactly. When are you going to invest some time in a basic logic course, Tim?

Tim adds: Sometime after the arrival of true communism I think.

Posted by: StuartA | Sep 14, 2007 12:45:18 PM

The term "disaster socialism" is a tautology in my book.

Socialism is:
A disaster for freedom of association.
A disaster for liberty.
A disaster for the environment.
A disaster for the economy.

Posted by: AntiCitizenOne | Sep 14, 2007 3:42:14 PM

"Socialism is: . . "

Quite so. But candidates for Scargill's Socialist Labour Party regularly come out near the bottom in elections, usually just above lunatic fringe candidates. The BNP mostly does better.

Present worries need to focus more on the Third Way.

Posted by: Bob B | Sep 15, 2007 10:07:15 AM

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