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It's their expert advisors and the civil service itself that's infested with neoliberal ideologues.
they only know that solution to problems, anything else endangers their status quo, and is as repellent to their worldview as theirs is to anyone not brainwashed by the propaganda.
their model made billions for the usual suspects, the last 60 years has seen western economies transform, especially in the PIIGS, from basically peasants-with-shoes (china just getting there...) into booming economies and they fully expected their model to scale up without glitches and if it was so magical as to transform our postwar societies then it seemed logical to go global and give everyone access to the unrestrained capitalism unicorn's magical blessings, what's not to love?
especially when communism embodied their terror of losing the right to private property, totalitarian state control, parrot media and food lines, no consumer goods.
without the nemesis to combat, capitalism looks like a collapsed souffle, its contradictions within a democracy ever more nakedly, basely inhuman, as we watch them taken to their logical outcomes, ie 1% of the most cunning and unscrupulous cornering the market on anything that moves and screwing the 99% too decent or dumb to figure out how to join the club.
it's just as disgusting as those monolithic iron curtain, just as heartless... it's heading for fascism, the cain to abel's communism.
as the 1% connive to raise the drawbridge now and enjoy their ill-gotten winnings behind the moat of their security systems, hoi polloi are out in the cold, and from inside the strains of merriment drown out for the moment the dull, thunderous grumble outside the stockades.
in the devil's workshop the tools are making ever more refined tools of their own, all the better to game the risks of life, to rig the wheel to better screw the johns, the muppets, useful idiots to the wall of social despair.
don't like it? tough... no one asked your parents to reproduce! not our problem, is it?
we don't owe you anything, not our fault you can't afford to live... go away and die, or throw yourselves at our stormtroopers and die that way, but just die anyway. you are surplus, we don't even need you for cannon fodder or to run the factories, you aren't worth investing in, period. don't want to give up and fade to black? then go figure out how to serve the borg in novel ways, learn to lie while smiling for the media, or to slice and dice odds and stats to help us trap any dummies still unfleeced and shear them more efficiently.
then you can join the club... otherwise you are just evolutionary compost, deal with it.
'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
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