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Everything posted by macfarlan

  1. Ok. Everyone's entitled to their opinion, but I dont have to agree. Im neither of those. Is this where I start getting abuse because I present an alternative point of view?
  2. I completely agree with you. We shouldnt let the demons run amock. Edit to add; not that I think payday loan pimps are any better.
  3. The nanny state. Thats like a free market rallying call. Deregulation is the holy grail? Every man for himself? I'm not sure that would end very well for the majority of us. It hasnt so far, has it?
  4. Thanks. I think thats what the resolution foundation are trying to protect poor people from.
  5. I cant tell whether youre suggesting that the foundation is a front for big business, but those compelling headlines are about actual people. Are you saying lack of withdrawal hurts you?
  6. I dont think anyone is suggesting a free pass. The whole purpose of the foundation is to improve the standard of living for low and middle income families, so it would be remiss of it not to point out how loose lending policies are having a detrimental effect on lower income households. Besides, loose lending is one of the main pillars of HPI isnt it?
  7. It makes your blood boil that the resolution foundation are concerned about poor people?
  8. Guardian article reports dodgy goings on in Red hot property market; https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/18/flipping-hell-new-zealand-property-frenzy-as-two-houses-sold-five-times-in-four-days
  9. A threat to decency, yes. Thing is, if you cant work out for yourself that he's all of the above then you're very unlikely to be persuaded. Look at what he said about No Cox's widow this week. NF is a disgrace.
  10. I see Garage is now describing those he 'represented' as low grade people from lower slaughter, and moaning that his mp's salary made him much poorer than his banker friends. Now he moves.
  11. Exactly. Unfortunately you need a strong state to address these issues, which looks remote at the moment, to say the least.
  12. You're right about the objectives of globalisation, but what makes you think the current situation isnt also 'part of the plan'? Secondly, the western world appears to be handing power to just another bunch of special interests but this time theyre more right wing. Right wing poilitics isnt caring politics, so why will those left behind be served better by right wing corporate interests? Also, what has changed exactly? Lots of people decided long ago that voting makes no difference, especially with our 1st past the post system. Thats one of the reasons why Brexit was such a gamble by
  13. Ergo, we chose who and what we currently are, but capitallism is about to adapt again, and it's entirely possible that the future could be exactly as either of you propose. One of the key problems for capitalism at the moment is how to keep the money circulating whilst maintaining existing hierarchies; will capitalism create jobs and wages?
  14. Hayek is a hero to some on this board, which I find odd. He promoted the kind of deregulation and trickle down economics that Neoliberalist politicians have thrived on. The deregulation of the banking system is one of the key reasons we have such high house prices.
  15. Precisely. Lots of Americans voted for change (from neoliberalism; a political ideology that was failing increasing numbers of americans), and chose Trump; a Neoliberalist's wet dream.
  16. Good post. One could argue that neoliberalism itself was how capitalism adapted during it's 4th long wave, that one of the key charachteristics was of the atomisation of the labour markets, and that each individual named so far played their part. Yes, blame is futile, but understanding the neoliberal experiment helps us to get a sense of how we got where we are, and what we might be able to do about it.
  17. Lots of people blame Thatcher, others blame Blair. Both are right, and should understand that both politicians were driven by the same ideology that has gotten us where we are today. Neoliberalism. The story that lies behind Donald trumps triumph.
  18. As a rule, no i dont, but I might have done once or twice for an appropriate reason, like to alert the people I was with that our bus was arriving, or something like that, but as a rule I dont really do that, it would be a bit daft, wouldnt it? Almost as daft as if a bus drove past you, and you did an impression of it and actually thougt you were that bus. It seems like we pretty much agree anyway.
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