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By Big Arnold
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A paper that doesn't seem to have its own topic.

A Political Life: So it’s advertising, not dire need, that is driving people to food banks


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By new puritan
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Fascist - sorry 'paleo-conservative' - prick Bruce Anderson.
Hitler won an election. In late 1940, Petain would have walked an election. In the ealy 1990s, Islamist parties won an election in Algeria. The generals nullified it. There followed some years of brutal conflict, with heavy casualties. Not all of them died quickly. It was a horrible interlude, and a successful one. Algeria today is increasingly prosperous and relatively stable, offering the hope of free institutions and the rule of law. But that was only possible because Islamic politicians had their throats cut.

The Algerian generals had an obvious excuse. Those supposed democrats were interested in fighting only one election. They had no intention of making a habit of it. One man, one vote, one time. Any future elections would have been run on Robert Mugabe lines. That is why it was right to overthrow the Allende regime, and the Spanish government in 1936. We can regret the German generals’ failure to do the same to Hitler, but there would have been a crucial difference, which probably made that impossible. He had much deeper roots in popularity; in Germany, the vox populi was gravely out of order.
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It's really great that our liberal press gives scum like Anderson the space to spout far-right shite. Apparently we don't get enough of this stuff from the rest of the media. Also, Hitler never won a free election - the Nazis could only manage 33% in November 1932, following which Hitler was appointed chancellor. The subsequent March '33 election was, unsurprisingly, subject to massive violence and repression.
By new puritan
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Rentoul sticking up for Shapps. The bedroom tax is 'right in principle' apparently. Oh, and foreigners shouldn't come sticking their nose in our business - presumably that's for us to do to them and not the other way around.

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By The Red Arrow
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There's always The Boy Jones...


Owen Jones
Sunday 8 September 2013
Only a new wave of socialism can end the great squeeze on us all
We must break with the free market consensus established by Thatcher
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By Kreuzberger
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new puritan wrote:Terrifying that he can come out with that without thinking 'hang on, perhaps that's a bit crass'. What planet are these people on? How remote must they be from the rest of us?
Journalists? What do you expect? A rat might one day bring you trinkets and blow jobs but they're still fucking rats.
By new puritan
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This may be the worst article I've read in years. It's so bad it's worth quoting at some length.
Democracies in general need to do more to put their fiscal houses in order. Democracy may be the worst form of government apart from all the others. But over recent decades it has become sloppy and self-indulgent, overloaded with obligations and distorted by special interests. And it has become sloppy and self-indulgent at a time when the Chinese have produced an alternative model that is becoming increasingly attractive to people across the developing world from Beijing to Brasilia.

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Sensible democracies are also experimenting with similar policies to stop politicians from bribing their electorates, and current voters from robbing future generations. Giving control of monetary policy to independent central banks reduced inflation rates in the West from 20 per cent or more in the 1980s to almost nothing today. Giving control of fiscal policy to independent commissions could help to bring entitlements under control. The Swedes have already done this: in the 1990s, they rescued their country from financial crisis in part by pledging to balance their budgets over the economic cycle and employing a group of senior politicians to produce a blueprint for a sustainable pension system. The Americans, alas, tried and failed. The (Alan) Simpson and (Erskine) Bowles commission – which included politicians from both parties and recommended reforming the tax code to reduce basic rates but also eliminate or cut various exemptions such as the mortgage-interest deduction – provided the best chance of restoring fiscal sanity in years. Let us hope its failure will spur further action in the future.

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The solution to this problem is not to give up on democracy but to revive and retool it. This will take the form of tying our hands a little so that we cannot squander our children's inheritances. And it will take the form of making more efforts to reform institutions such as the ones in Brussels that have become self-indulgent and lazy. It is time for the people to stop railing at our collective institutions and start fixing them.
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'We have to kill democracy to save democracy'. Astonishingly misanthropic hard-right nonsense, given house room by a liberal paper. And of course the authors are big fans of racist murderer Nanendra Modi. Really hard to fathom why apparently serious commentators think they can play the 'excess of democracy' card in 2014, after 30-odd years of neoliberal governments seeking new ways to insulate the market from popular pressure. If you're looking for a textbook example of how not to respond to the rise of the far-right, this would be it. Far-right parties are in the ascendant because technocratic governments are experiencing a crisis of authority. Everything about this argument is arse-about-face.
 
By Samanfur
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Rebranding Christmas: More public bodies are refusing to give festival its name for fear of causing offence

Have yourself a merry little Winterfest. That's what they're calling the season in Stoke-on-Trent, the latest city council to go utterly bonkers and rebrand Christmas.
One quick look at Stoke's web site reveals the C-word in abundance alongside Winterfest. I really expected better from The Independent than to peddle this particular load of reactionary tripe.
 
By Bones McCoy
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Samanfur wrote:
Rebranding Christmas: More public bodies are refusing to give festival its name for fear of causing offence

Have yourself a merry little Winterfest. That's what they're calling the season in Stoke-on-Trent, the latest city council to go utterly bonkers and rebrand Christmas.
One quick look at Stoke's web site reveals the C-word in abundance alongside Winterfest. I really expected better from The Independent than to peddle this particular load of reactionary tripe.
So the I has finally surrendered to the Kippers and common sense.
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