Tuesday, 29 May 2007
Business & Politics on the American Left
Whilst travelling I thought a little reading with the enemy was in order and only took abroad tomes written by unreconstructed lefites. A couple were truly poo but one that I actually enjoyed was Noam Chomsky's Failed States.
Noam is of course, near mad. A world class master of seeing evil in good and vice versa. Capable of Tony Benn catastrophic misjudgements.
He shares some things in common too with Gordon Brown; such as his epic struggle against common sense.
Nonetheless he does write well and also makes good efforts to quote from sources, dubious so some are. Overall his attitude to US and UK imperialism is consistent and blind. Hezbollah and Fatah are the good guys, Ahmedinnerjacket a true man. Hugo Chavez does no wrong. Instead all the enemies are to be found at home and his world is a conspiracy of evil.
Despite this, his analysis of the Israel/Palestinian conflict is worth a read as it does show another side to conflict that does not come across in the media; even if I don't agree with him , it is instructive.
The best bit is in his analysis of domestic priorities; healthcare and most other services are left in the hands of the state. Why you ask? Because the private sector creates damaging bureaucracy and middle-management that wastes resources.
Posted by CityUnslicker