On Neo-Liberal Slabbers

Only huge taxes can pay for Left’s spending plans – Analysis, Opinion – Independent.ie

The left is doing an excellent job at shifting all the blame for the crisis on to that malign thing, ‘neo-liberalism’. Labour and the trade unions, backed up by RTE and the left-wing commentariat, are persuading an ever-growing portion of the public that if they turn to the State and allow themselves to be enfolded in its compassionate, social democratic arms, all will be well. There they will find refuge from merciless, pitiless neo-liberalism.

Someone point me the way of the left-wing commentariat. I could do with a good read. Also, some decent conservative commentators wouldn’t go amiss. There is something quaint about seeing ‘neo-liberalism’ in scare quotes, as though proof of its existence were comparable to that of unicorn hoofprints. But such are the wonders of ‘the internet’.

And also:

On ‘Questions and Answers’ ICTU’s Paul Sweeney was practically salivating at the prospect of a bigger State

Without wishing to come over all Radio 4, I think we should put a stop to the use of ‘practically’ to mean ‘nearly’. To be practically salivating means you are drooling at the mouth in a manner that is very close to salivating without actually salivating.


4 Responses to “On Neo-Liberal Slabbers”

  1. 1 Donagh March 13, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    I only hope that Quinn was ‘literally’ glued to the television as he watched Sweeney practically salivate. There would be some justice in that.

  2. 2 Locky March 13, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    “The left is doing an excellent job at shifting all the blame for the crisis on to that malign thing, ‘neo-liberalism’”

    After everything free-market ,laissez faire, self-regulating capitalism has done for us? For shame!

  3. 3 EWI March 13, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    The final part of the story is how Democrats in the United States forced financial institutions there to give mortgages to poor people in the name of equality. This was one of the biggest contributors to the sub-prime mortgage problem, namely left-wing social engineering.

    Reading this post in my RSS feeds, I thought that the OP must surely have been one of the blowhard Randian think-tank types who were all the rage a couple of years ago.

    Imagine my feelings at having been only slightly mistaken – it’s David Quinn, one of the new generation of ultra-conservative Catholic think-tank types (along with Libertas/Rivada Inc.).

  4. 4 Hugh Green March 15, 2009 at 4:39 pm


    Yes, though I think the key difference between the libertarians of that ilk and the likes of Mr Quinn is that the former abhor the state (except for the preservation of property rights and related matters) because it’s an unwanted intrusive presence in people’s lives, but the latter abhor the state because it’s the wrong unwanted intrusive presence in people’s lives. That is, for them, the State is the antichrist and the Church is where it’s at.

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