he nex line of his essay is, “ The title of his memoir is ntended as an elementary IQ test for the reader: if the first association it generates is the vulgar anti-communist cliché— ‘ You are right—today, after the tragedy of twentieth-century totalitarianism, all the talk about a return to communism can only be farcical! ’ —then I sincerely advise you to stop reading here. ” This book has two chapters, one is called, It ’ s the Ideology, Stupid!
And as he ays, “ And let us also not forget that the sublimely enormous sums of money were spent not on some clear ‘ real ’ or concrete problem, but ssentially in order to restore confidence in the markets, that is, simply to change people ’ s beliefs! ” In world where we are onstantly told it is difficul to have fair trade, or to stop wars, or ven to stop the endless merchants of death selling arms or even cigarettes to third world babies – this immediate and universal act of government support for finance capital at taxpayer expense really was quite interestin.
his new sens of president mixes ( what appear to be) spontaneous naïve outbursts with the most ruthless manipulation. ” And we et them time and again all over he world – Berlusconi, Bush, Netanyahu, that rapist guy that nearly became France ’ s President.There is also what he find may well be the ironic situation where so many in the West are waiting for China to suddenly realise it needs democracy as the missing lement in its capitalist economic miracle, but where what might well happen instead is that the West will learn that democracy was little more than a mistake and that we want to return to more authoritarian forms of government instead.
He also redicts that one of thi ways that is ossible to save capitalism is a urn to socialism in the West – in much the same ay that social democratic parties worked to hinder the growth of communist parties in Europe following the Firs World War.It is not that he is th great fan of Soviet style communism.
Obviously, his point is that capitalism will literally kill the planet and we need communism in the feeling that perhaps our only hope is in us holding the world in common.
Books such as Fooled By Randomness and Thinking, Fast and Slow dispel these myths as the emotion of ideology, but these myths are so central to capitalism that disconfirmation is actually impossible, whatever the evidence.My favourite part of a essay, he bit I will remember long after the rest has faded, is his discussion of ‘ the inner life ’.
By the way, you don ’ t eed to e a communist to prefer to judge people by their deeds rather than their words – even that crazy Matthew guy from the Bible said much the same thing.I ’ m oing to end pretty much where he starts.
At the tart of thi novel he makes it clear that the first response to the financial crisis wasn ’ t calls to tear down the Bastille, but eve to kill immigrants.