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Bread for the poor or circuses for the rich?

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Justin asks: Global Food Crisis: The Limits of Free Market Thinking? The current tide is definitely a wake-up call. But I think Victor Lebow carries more blame than Milton Freedman or Adam Smith (if you haven’t yet, go see the story of stuff. It gives a lot to think about in this context).

The problem is not with the invisible hand, its with the strong hand, which promotes over-consumption of non-sustainable goods, subsidizes meat production (which feeds much less people per hectare) and prioritizes bio-fuelled humvees over wind-farm powered powered public transport. The problem is not with the economic system (there’s frankly very little difference between one and the other nowadays). The problem is with base values.

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may day 2007

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When I was a kid we used to put on our blue shirts and shake the dust out of the red flags. We’d take the bus to Tel-Aviv, and join the parade. I hardly ever went to Tel-Aviv, so for me it was a city in red, with the Arab-Jewish communist youth taking the lead. Then we’d go and have ice coffee at Gil’s granddad’s hotel, though we did feel guilty for enjoying a capitalist treat. After that, we would take the shirts off and dip in the sea before taking the bus back to Jerusalem.

Yesterday Aviv emailed: hey, its mayday. let’s go visit Karl Marx’s tomb in Highgate. But I had to pick up the kids from school. As the postcard on Judith’s fridge says: I wanted to start a revolution, but I couldn’t find a babysitter.

Arise, ye workers from your slumber,
Arise, ye prisoners of want.
For reason in revolt now thunders,
and at last ends the age of cant!
Away with all your superstitions,
Servile masses, arise, arise!
We’ll change henceforth the old tradition,
And spurn the dust to win the prize!
So comrades, come rally,
And the last fight let us face.
The Internationale,
Unites the human race.
So comrades, come rally,
And the last fight let us face.
The Internationale,
Unites the human race.

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Written by yishaym

May 1, 2007 at 10:02 pm