Thursday, January 26, 2012

Industrial Policy

I mentioned that Thomas Friedman is an idiot and that David Brooks wants to turn the country into one huge breeding ground for industrial workers on the Chinese model of neo-slavery. Brooks had the good sense to mask his desire for waging war on workers as citizens behind the pious bullshit of concern for their moral degeneration; in a recent column Friedman makes no such rhetorical maneuver.

He admits that  machines have replaced humans and insists that workers will need "something extra" because "the age of average is over." What is that something extra? Friedman quotes from the NYTimes article that laid bare the horrors of the Apple factory in China. That's right in Friedman's world if you want a job you need to sell yourself into neoslavery and be willing to work yourself to death.

What I don't understand is why this horrid little men are allowed to pollute the minds of their readers with this anti-human clap trap and, more to the point, why anyone not a member of the plutocracy would read them. Neoliberals really do hate people and they aren't even ashamed of that fact any more. They are happy to apologize for the purely destructive economic strategies of robotic sociopath Mitt Romney while defending growing economic inequality and declining social mobility.

The world is run by lunatics. At some point we are going to have to come up with a better way of distributing the wealth we create of bad things are going to start happening.

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