- Sun Oct 12, 2014 7:40 am
NP - I'd broadly agree with that analysis, but here's my take:
Keynesian economics and consensus politics worked up to a point - that being, bluntly, that some people are never satisfied. So we get the eighties, fall of the Soviet bloc, freeing up of masses of labour, capital, markets etc. Globalisation, in the face of which the structures of postwar consensus can't stand up.
Essentially, the ultra-capitalist class shot ahead, leaving the rest of us behind. Simultaneously, we entered an age, fuelled by political and media messages, characterised by personal gratification. It wasn't just a case that greed was good; if you didn't indulge (dress it up as 'doing what's best for your family' if that helps) there's something wrong with you. Couple this to rapid social and technological change. Essentially, culturally, we're at a sink or swim point. Whether the message from the political establishment is 'come on in, the water's lovely' or 'holy shit, there's a lion, GET IN THE WATER!', it doesn't account for those who cannot, or will not, swim.
In all of this, I have no sympathy for the right. Thatcherism was/is rapacious capitalism dressed up in a flag, a few bits of nationalist tub thumping to distract from the fire sale going on. I've slightly more for the left, who had to shift rightwards to gain power in order to enact their social agenda. But it all comes down to one thing - in the dash for cash, lots of people were left behind, and now they're very pissed off. Not pissed off out of nostalgia for the postwar consensus, but because they weren't brought along for the ride.
"It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail." - Gore Vidal.
"I proved that you're wrong. And if you're wrong, I'm right." - Aaron Eckhart.