Thursday, 10 September 2009
(Hat-tip Anatoly Karlin)
Apparently tie-chewing loon Saakashvilli has been spending a fortune on PR companies.
It was arguably money well spent. Most British newspapers were all too ready to get into Churchill mode to deplore the brave little democracy being savaged by the arboreal Russky apemen. As that great historian John McCain said, they want a return of the Russian Empire. So many newspapers went into full on berserker mode and showed Saakashvilli's civilian strikes with captions stating that they were victims of Russians. Furthermore, Fox News demonstrated how wonderful it is to live in the free world:
However, the British and American print media are both going down the pan, economically speaking. Either 1) People are too clever to keep swallowing neo-liberal lies or 2) They are so stupid that they aren't interested in neo-liberal lies.
At any rate, I find the PR revolution one of the weirdest things, which may leave a dangerous ruin rather than a crater when it collapses. The Brits privatised most of their industries and transport systems (whilst spending a fortune in subsidising the free-market, if that makes sense). However, Britain still has vast public expenditure. And from experience I'd say that much of it is spent on paying condescending/ bullying oafs to tell people why things don't work or to tell people to shut up about why things don't work, rather than on getting stuff to work properly (OK I'm a state employee myself, but it seems to be the status quo Brit neo-liberal opinion that getting the state to do something useful= Nazism, getting the state to do something worthless= OK). Subsequently packaging Britain's limited public services is vastly expensive.
Maybe this whole obsession with getting things to look good rather than to be of good quality explains why I find rubbish so fascinating. it is worthless, yet it once gave increased value to something.
For this reason, I find it astounding that many supporters of America's neo-liberal empire have actually beaten me to finding the best symbol of it: the big mac.
Maybe it is because I don't have a TV, but no amount of plastic clowns or plastic letters would encourage me to eat a fried cow's rectum or whatever filth is in these monstrosities. Yet what a wonderful metaphor for the neo-liberal Empire. The Macedonians spread their language and architecture, The Romans built viaducts and capitols, the Brits made railways. The Americans sell fried entrails that are considered edible because they are smothered in salt and fat and marketed as something delicious.
Yet, you cannot fool all the people all of the time. American power is definitely waning. I half suspect that McCain's deranged comments about the Georgian war contributed to his electoral wipeout. And Suckers is increasingly left isolated and discredited. As are we... but that is another story.