Saturday, 1 August 2009

Commercial break

Lenin boasted that capitalists would sell the communists the very rope with which the Reds would hang them.

Libertarians proclaim that the market can meet almost any demands if left alone by government.

They’re both right, and it’s almost impossible to parody. Er
It does look, however, as if some very specialist businesses have been helping the pols put the boot in on our country all over the shop…

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Anonymous said...

Lenin boasted that capitalists would sell the communists the very rope with which the Reds would hang them.
Libertarians proclaim that the market can meet almost any demands if left alone by government.

Of course they're both right.

No one who's read Atlas Shrugged is the least surprised at the former. It's traditional Tories who assume that business party are naturally in alliance with Conservative values and then find themselves trying to defend corrupt businessmen.

James Higham said...

That pic might cause a bit of a shudder at Westminster.

North Northwester said...

Hi Anonymous - welcome, and thanks for your comment.

I don't know about 'traditional Tories' being naturally in alliance with business, though certainly since the Welfare State slipped its moorings in the 1960s the City has been the richest victim class for the Tory party to cosy up to. Didn't a lot of nineteenth-century businessmen in the Industrial revolution follow the Liberals, too?

Agriculture and the Church and the services were places where conservatives could expect support until relatively recently, but as they've gone west it's also been married women and small businesses [never at the top table with the City and the big Limited companies] that had been a mainstay.
I think the social conservative point I was trying (however ham-fistedly) to make was rather mildly that there are other values than liberty that need upholding, and that sometimes the market generates corrosive trash.

But really and truly I was after the pols and their 'laws' and taxes with this one: not pornographers or bent bankers or Channel 4.

James, do you know I think that most of them still haven't 'got it?' They elected Bercow and many are still saying they did not wrong. But what the hey - most of them will be back working for their unions and fake charities next July.

His Girl Friday said...

interesting similarities.

I liked the dyslexia test. :)


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