Two Cheeks Etc

Through the Glasses Darkly — In These Times

Consequently, the main task of the ruling ideology is to impose a narrative that will not put the blame for the meltdown onto the global capitalist system as such, but on, say, lax legal regulations and the corruption of big financial institutions. Against this tendency, we should insist on the key question: which “flaw” of the system as such opens up the possibility for — and continuous outbreaks of — such crises and collapses?

Zizek is completely right here. There is local relevance to this. Witness Enda Kenny’s enumeration of how Fine Gael differs from Fianna Fail:

Decisive management the key to handling fiscal crisis – The Irish Times – Thu, Nov 20, 2008

I recently witnessed a Fine Gael TD in an argument with someone who follows the Fintan O’Toole line that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are essentially the same.

“Give me two differences,” the questioner demanded. “Just two, between your lot and Fianna Fáil.” The answer came without hesitation. “First, Fine Gael never had a corrupt leader. Second, we tell the truth about the economy.”

There’s a third. Economically, we combine decisiveness with direction and we always put the public interest first.

From Kenny’s own disclosure as he makes the best possible case for differentiating between his party and the main party in government, there is no systematic issue at stake: all is a mere matter of having the right people in place to carry out the job of administering parliamentarian capitalism. He elaborated on this in his speech at the weekend:

Kenny warns against defending ‘bad banks and delinquent developers’ – The Irish Times – Fri, Nov 21, 2008

“Repairing our national reputation for responsible economic management will be tougher. But we must start by assuring depositors and investors that our banks have enough capital to absorb the likely losses from reckless property lending in recent years,” he said.

1 Response to “Two Cheeks Etc”

  1. 1 Donagh November 25, 2008 at 9:46 am

    It was the same before the election. Fine Gael were saying that there was nothing fundamentally wrong with the economy, it just needed better managers.

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