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Saturday, April 04, 2009

That all new 'New World Order' in full

Your exclusive 'print out and keep' guide to the world-historic turning point signified by the Group of Twenty Great Leaders meeting last week:

How The G20 Has Changed The World Economy Forever

Out: Nasty old failed neo-liberal capitalism based around the 'Washington Consensus' and involving discredited institutions such as the IMF forcing through attacks on the welfare state and wages and other barriers to 'free trade' in order to further enrich an engorged tiny minority of greedy bankers and bosses whose relentless pursuit of profits before everything has plunged the world into economic crisis.

In: Brand shiny new neo-neo-liberal capitalism based around the 'Global Consensus' and involving $1 trillion being taken from the poor and given to beloved institutions such as the IMF so that they can continue to force through attacks on the welfare state and wages and other barriers to 'free trade' and so try to keep confidence up among the engorged tiny minority of greedy bankers and bosses. This 'stimulation' is important so that the relentless pursuit of profits continues amid the world economic crisis. Bureaucrats will be appointed to 'regulate' this relentless pursuit of profit and this new regulation involved in neo-neo-liberal capitalism will, we are reassured, 'prevent such a crisis ever happening again'.

Overall Change: More bureaucrats

How International Relations Has Been Revolutionised

Out: The nasty old neo-colonialist 'war on terror' based around the interests of the American Empire and involving criminal bombing raids and then prolongued disastrous occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, and involving such outdated imperialist institutions as NATO.

In: The redesigned and relaunched neo-colonialist 'war on terror' based around the interests of the American Empire will be taken 'to a new level' and in a novel touch now involve new criminal bombing raids on Pakistan by US drones. The disastrous occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq will continue, and a new role will be found for such ever-relevant institutions as NATO in the brave new world.

Overall Change: More drones and more deaths.

Conclusion: More bureaucrats + More drones + More deaths = A triumph for Gordon Brown (The G20 was 'a huge personal triumph for Gordon Brown. His force of character and political capital ensured...a successful outcome' - Tristram Hunt)

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2 Comments:

At 6:23 pm, Anonymous A Very Public Sociologist said...

Dear Snowball

I didn't have an email address for you, so I hope you don't mind me leaving this here.

I'm writing to you inviting you to take part in the Carnival of Socialism. The Carnival has been bringing a fortnightly round up of everything that's going on in the global socialist blogosphere for the last three years, and draws from a wide and eclectic mix of blogs. It has had the added bonus of helping the blogging left become a more cohesive and welcoming place, as well as delivering more audiences to the blogs that have already taken part.

But the Carnival needs your help. We are looking to expand the number of volunteers beyond a core group of 'usual suspects'. Previous Carnivals are located on its dedicated blog at http://carnivalofsocialism.blogspot.com to give you an idea of what hosting a carnival entails. We have sessions booked up until 26th April but need volunteers for dates after then.

If you would like to sign up for a Carnival, know someone who might, or have any other questions about it please drop me a line at philbc03 at yahoo.com

Socialist Greetings,

Phil BC (A Very Public Sociologist)

 
At 6:36 pm, Blogger Snowball said...

Dear Phil BC,

You want me, officially the 25th best left wing blogger in Britain, to host a virtual Carnival of Socialism or something? On this blog? With my reputation?

Well, I'll consider your kind offer and possibly get in touch at some point...
Socialist greetings,
Snowball

 

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