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Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week July 24, 2016

Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
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Not a lot this week of any interest but Dan O’Brien today muses on parallels with the 1930s following the 2008 crash.

For all the talk about the rise of extremists today, eight years on from the crash that still defines our age, the moderate centre has held in democratic Europe. While frustrated voters now rarely give governments a second term, most switch to other centrists parties. In only a handful of countries – Hungary, Greece and Poland – could it be claimed that governments are not fully signed up to liberal democratic values.

You would like to think that in Greece he is talking about the nationalist junior coalition party, but no, he actually thinks the major party in the Greek government somehow rejects liberal democratic values. Maybe he missed all the liberal democratic cuts they’ve been making.

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1. Ed - July 25, 2016

Easy to see why Dan O’Brien refuses to believe in the existence of ‘neoliberalism’ – he just calls it ‘liberal democratic values’ and hey presto, the problem is solved. I’d wager that the only thing he finds disturbing about the Hungarian and Polish governments is their (vague, mostly rhetorical) questioning of neoliberal economics, not their genuinely illiberal policies towards minorities and dissenters. A profoundly stupid commentator like O’Brien can still perform a service as his limitations cause him to let the cat out of the bag.

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