Zoe Williams is a mainstream (Guardian) journalist and she is either ignorant or dishonest. (Spot the tautology.) She supports a “People’s QE”. About a month ago, even before Jeremy Corbyn was elected as Labour leader, one commentator on the LA blog under the name of “Peter” predicted that exactly this would happen. He said that Corbyn’s ideas will repulse far fewer than his party-political rivals hope – and attract more than they think. The reason being that often his policies are simply a logical extension of whatever crackpot policies they, the Tories and others, are already pursuing!
Worth watching. (13 min)
Here’s her introduction to the video:
“There are a few things you should know about the Refugee Crisis-
This video answers
– Its being used to bomb the country the refugees are running from
– The war was started by the US, and those now crying about the refugees in the first place
– The majority of the refugees are not Syrian, but the media are calling them all Syrian anyway.
– The gulf arab states won’t let syrians in, they don’t see them as arab and they’d rather give the money to ISIS
– Why doesn’t Israel accept refugees
– Syrians want to go home , you can’t relocate them all.
– Syrians had a great life before the war began
-Syria is the birth place of civilisation”
Note: Last week a lengthy article appeared in the Guardian written by a guy called Paul Mason. The title of the piece was “The end of capitalism has begun”. It’s a long drivel and basically a waste of time. But it needs to be refuted, and someone’s got to do it. The reason is that these scribblings, like Thomas Piketty’s recent book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century”, attempt to frame the debate. Nobody reads them, but that doesn’t matter. A servile and/or collaborating media do the additional framing. And suddenly “everyone” says (or continues saying) how bad capitalism is etc. However, due to alternative media, debate framing is not the easy job it used to be. Piketty has already been taken apart by a few people, including George Reisman. Now, expert dissector Gary North has literally ripped apart Paul Mason – and then trampled on the pieces. Like Piketty, Mason has either never heard of Ludwig von Mises and his revolutionary 1920 article “Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth”, which proves that socialism in all its forms will not work. Or he chooses to ignore the great Austrian. In the era of the internet, these authors are wasting their time. Mason is whistling past the graveyard, in the dark, and promptly falls into a pit. M.n.
Anyway, here’s North’s article – enjoy:
Paul Mason: The Latest Pied Piper of “the Death of Capitalism”
It’s been an eventful few days in the EU. After the Greek referendum, which was their government’s last ditch attempt to stall the inevitable, there came the “marathon summit”. From this the Syriza representatives emerged sliced, diced and fried up with garlic. According to reports, they agreed to terms worse than the ones their people had just rejected. (I’m not following the details, because once you know the cookie is crumbling, it’s a waste of time to see exactly how it is crumbling.) They did so because they knew that more than anything, their people want to keep the euro. More importantly, the EU powerful want Greece to remain in the euro. “There is no way you are leaving this room”, president of the European Council Donald Tusk reportedly told the Greeks during the “negotiations”.
Whatever else one might say about Marxists, there’s one thing they ain’t, and that’s stupid – they are clever in a streetwise sort of way. By calling a referendum at this stage, Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has suddenly won the initiative back, or at least as much as he possibly could for Greece. In the last five years, Greece was at the mercy of its creditors. It still is, but now, after the referendum, they, the creditors, cannot do anything without a massive loss of PR face. Not to mention risking actual material/financial loss.
The rumblings in the world are increasing in volume and scope. Here are a few choice samples:
The Greeks are emptying their accounts – i.e., they are pulling “euros” from various points in the wall. Paper notes which the ECB printed only the day before. They will be wise to keep them, because winters in the Mediterranean can be quite cold, and once their boilers malfunction, and the last plumber has left, taking the last spanner with him, they will at least have paper to burn (if they can still afford matches). It would be wrong to laugh however, because the Greeks are the canary in the coal mine and have merely descended further and faster down the shaft than any other EU member state.
James Delingpole has written an appropriately snarky piece, published on Breitbart, about feminist activist Caroline Criado-Perez receiving an OBE. Previously, Caroline C-P had advocated putting the face of a woman (other than the Queen) on the next edition of 10-pound notes. She was successful in her campaign, and soon we will be reminded of Jane Austen every time we spend some cash in the old-fashioned, physical way. As long as it’s still legal to do so. C-Ps only other achievement on record is that she complained publically in 2012 when the Radio 4 Today programme had only male interviewees on the subject of teenage pregnancies and breast cancer.
Anyway, as soon as the Bank of England announced in 2013 that it had decided in favour of Jane Austen, all hell broke loose for Caroline, apparently. According to Wikipedia,