A large duck (burger_eater) wrote,
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Naomi Klein on the proposed Milton Friedman Institute

Naomi Klein talks at the University of Chicago about Milton Friedman, deregulation, privatization, and their relationship to our current economic situation.

It's long but worth reading. It also mirrors something that I've been thinking about for a while: I'm seeing a lot of comments from folks who say they're "real" conservatives; they're trying to distance themselves from the disasters of this administration. But the Wall St collapse and the increasing decrepitude of this country's infrastructure is a direct result of conservative/libertarian ideology. Deregulate. Privatize. Cut taxes.

And in those areas that the real-world practice of conservatism betrays the ideology, we have to acknowledge that those real-world practices are the child of the ideology. The unintended consequence.

For the same reason I could never be a Marxist (when has *that* ever turned out well?), I could never be a conservative.

Give Ms. Klein's speech a read, if you have the time.
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