Thursday, July 30, 2009

Nothing Can Be Left In Public Hands...

says John Harris, with whom I heartily agree.

A privatised economy is a pillaged economy.


Blogger James Higham said...

That was a very thoughtful December 2008 post of yours.

Hmmm. I'm going to have to go back and digest all that. Obviously I quote Friedman on the bankers. His other ideas are mixed.

Thanks, Martin.

By the way, I kid you not but the WV is "o-r-g-i-e".

30 July, 2009 18:02  
Blogger PJMULVEY said...

Martin: I don't often disagree with you but I am approaching this issue from a different perspective given my libertarian instincts and distrust of big government institutions. The real issue is that the citizen is given two false choices: Big Government lumbering along swayed by the populist winds and political fancy; and Big Business focused totally on the bottom line at the divorced from the qualitative aspects of life. Both are inefficient, corrupt and monopolistic. A better model can be found in Distributism - focused on small business, local communities and a 'really' competitive marketplace. Community responsibility and values have been replaced by the collectivist mentality of the elites who see people as just another species to organize and control. The current system of globalism creates these false choices where governments seek more and more control despite being unable to deliver on their promises but are aligned (a better word may be 'bought') with big corporate interests to help in the delivery of services. The people have become so anesthetized with sports, celebrity culture, booze/drugs and political and media sloganeering that they don't see that there is a need for a third way (infused with traditional Christian values).

30 July, 2009 21:50  
Blogger Martin said...

Thanks for the comments, gents.

Patrick, I need to have a look at that system.

31 July, 2009 07:50  
Blogger PJMULVEY said...

Martin: Hilaire Belloc predicted what is happening over 100 years ago in his book, the Servile State. Distributism is the better 'human' choice rather than impersonal corporate capitalism and corporate socialism. The world is much off with community hospitals, independent physicians who know your name, family farms and small business. Our societies have made an idols of progress, bigness and celebrity.

31 July, 2009 17:22  
Blogger Martin Meenagh said...

I couldn't agree more about distributism, Patrick--I have lots of links at my blog to sites on it.

Martin--that was a great, if very concise, post.

31 July, 2009 23:04  
Blogger Martin Meenagh said...

Sorry-one great link is

31 July, 2009 23:07  
Blogger Martin said...

Thanks, gents.

01 August, 2009 07:46  

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