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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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socmot
Mar. 31st, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
Anna, shirking your responsibities! HOW DARE YOU?!!!

Good lord, I knew they were a bunch of nutters over at the "Freeless Institution" but I think that whole argument sums up the massive flaw in neo-conservatism and neo-liberalism - there is a complete lack of accounting for the human element. The way immigrants are spoken about is awful - as though they were robots without feelings, emotions, hopes or desires.

By the way, it's nice to see that the NUJ in Ireland is actually capable of helping someone out, because they seem to be totally swamped and underfunded when it comes to assistance for my chapel. Of which there are only two (and a third person, a scab). Perhaps the small numbers have osmething to do with it. We are smaller fish than the INM group I guess...
stellanova
Mar. 31st, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
The Union were actually really great to me - obviously I can't discuss the details in an open post, but they sorted stuff out incredibly fast. And well. I just rang up the head of the union one day, and he had the whole thing fixed in less than a week.

The way immigrants are spoken about is awful - as though they were robots without feelings, emotions, hopes or desires.


It's almost worse when they're being "compassionate" and telling us we hate/patronise/are fucking over the third world.
socmot
Mar. 31st, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
It's almost worse when they're being "compassionate" and telling us we hate/patronise/are fucking over the third world.

Don't get me started....
stellanova
Mar. 31st, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC)
Ah, go on!
socmot
Mar. 31st, 2005 10:05 pm (UTC)
No, really. I saw some of that "compassionate" stuff in Uganda last year and can't bear to talk about it.

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