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So, the Back Seat Drivers post about the case of the Filipina woman who was being paid slave wages. The comments to the entry get somewhat heated. The Drivers respond with style, and the comments get even more heated. In fact, so heated do they get that I feel the urge to get in on the action, and am now embroiled in an increasingly idiotic debate with someone who says things like (I am actually laughing as I type), "Or do you think we are born with inherent rights? What a churchy sentiment. " Believing in human rights? The craziness! Don't let Amnesty hear about this bloke. Anyway, apparently these charmers want to defend and care for people in the third world by....paying them crap. Forever. Because heaven forfend that the west should, I dunno, pay a bit more for our luxuries so that people in the third world get paid more. Ah, crazy neo-cons, adopting the language of liberals to espouse their belief that the poor should be rounded up and shot. Or maybe forced to proof read dreadful economic policies which will fuck them over even further. One or the other.

Anyway, I am now weary of arguing, but inspired by these high jinks and the similar ideas espoused in one of the world's leading economic-conservative publications, Patsington and I have decided to write a Brecht and Weill style musical in homage to these great economic masterminds. It will be a stirring and inspiring story of some noble business bosses who are being sucked dry by the parasitic blood-sucking workers, with their selfish demands of unionisation and labour regulation. We even wrote a couple of exciting tunes for it last night, which I sang both auf Deutsch und Englisch in my best Lotte Lenya voice. And what are we going to call this masterpiece?

THE ECONOMIST: THE MUSICAL.

Can you wait for this to hit the stage? I bet you can't.

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stephencass
Mar. 31st, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC)
In these situations, I often find it useful to fall back on a quote by Charles Darwin, who appeared to have an inkling very early on that his theories about biological evolution would be co-opted to justify the social status-quo or worse:

"If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin."

In other words, one is not required to demonstrate the existence of inherent rights to some neo-con twit, but rather the neo-con twit must demonstrate that physics, chemistry and biology have somehow determined that being born in, say, the slums of Lagos, results in poverty and a short life expentancy just as surely as apples fall from trees and that we can do no more about the situation than we can stop the tides. Something of a tall order...
stellanova
Mar. 31st, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC)
I think you should go over and post that!
stephencass
Mar. 31st, 2005 09:57 pm (UTC)
Alas, I'm up to my eyeballs in septuagenarian Apollo Program engineers (long story. Very long story. In fact 12,780 words long. Help me.), and can't spare the time to deal with the follow up that I know I would get sucked into, but please feel free to lift away!

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