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Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week January 27, 2013

Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.

This from Jody Corcoran explains a lot about the persistent stupidity of the Sindo. Anything approvingly quoting a “radical libertarian” is a guaranteed win.

As the radical libertarian MP Douglas Carswell has argued, the West is broke financially because Western democracy has failed politically. He is correct.

In Ireland, the political elite has effectively outsourced the business of government to the new governing elites of civil servants, trade unions, bankers, academics and technocrats answerable only to themselves.

Yep, it’s the pesky public servants again. I wonder does he include Colm McCarthy the list of academics who’ve ruined the economy. He might be on to something there.


1. WorldbyStorm - January 27, 2013

In a way his definition of ‘governing’ elite is fascinating. It’s sort of everybody and anyone, doesn’t matter that they’d all have conflicting interests ie bankers and trade unions, indeed there’s no ideological premise (let alone identification of class interests) behind the analysis he puts forward whatsoever


ivorthorne - January 27, 2013

There have one important connection and that is that Jody is not a member of any of those groups.


Garibaldy - January 27, 2013

I think you’re both right. It looks like a list of people who happen to be annoying him at the minute. It might be a different list next week, although we can be fairly certain that the unions will always be there. I suppose though from a libertarian point of view they all are part of the evil state,

I’m still amazed that anyone would cite radical libertarians in a massively popular newspaper and not expect to be mocked as a nutter by his colleagues and the general public. A depressing sign perhaps.


2. Dr.Nightdub - January 27, 2013

Instead of “new governing elites of civil servants, trade unions, bankers, academics and technocrats answerable only to themselves”, Corcoran should have simply written “troika”.


3. CL - January 27, 2013

The ruling oligarchy in Ireland as in the Eu generally is answerable to the dictates of capital with disastrous results for ‘ordinary working people’.


4. JP - January 27, 2013

Has any political party ever been elected to anything significant on ‘radical libertarian’ platform?


WorldbyStorm - January 27, 2013

Didn’t the New Zealand libertarians have a spot in government? Or is that my imagination.


PaddyM - January 28, 2013


Pretty much a zombie party at this stage; kept alive by an electoral pact with the main right-wing party in a very wealthy Auckland suburban seat. Attracting a series of cranks and expense-fiddlers didn’t help.


Dr. X - January 28, 2013

ACT are horrible, horrible people, like the PDs only a lot worse. The “libertarian” current in the party has in practice taken a back seat to the paleoconservatives who think Aotearoa should be white man’s country.


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