Monday, 20 July 2015

Fun Online Polls: Neo-liberalism & abroad

The results to last week's Fun Online Poll were as follows:

When writing an article for The Guardian, how often should you use the word 'neo-liberal'?
About once every sentence - 70%
Less often - 12%
More often - 18%


This week: abroad. It all looks very grim and very tricky to me.

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8 comments:

The Stigler said...

Isis and Syria? The best thing to do with the Middle East is to buy oil from the victors.

Our view of the Middle East is twisted by a perspective of modern western society where the default mode is democracy, free speech and liberal values and where crushing totalitarianism leads to democracy. People like Assad, the Shah and Saddam Hussein are basically your least worst options: dictators with a slighty more liberal view of rock 'n' roll and dress codes who torture and kill their opponents as opposed to dictators who want hardcore religion who torture and kill their opponents.

Bayard said...

"Isis and Syria? The best thing to do with the Middle East is to buy oil from the victors."

having kept well out of any involvement in the meantime.

Steven_L said...

dictators with a slighty more liberal view of rock 'n' roll and dress codes who torture and kill their opponents

I think Assad and Saddam would even let their opponents go once they'd finished torturing them sometimes.

The Stigler said...

Bayard,
Well, unless you can help put a Shah in office.

Steven_L,
No, they were brutal bastards. But the alternatives are also brutal bastards. But they are better in certain other ways.

Steven_L said...

No? I'm sure I've read about people who have been locked up and tortured in Saddam's Iraq / Assad's Syria and then later released a while down the line.

The Stigler said...

Steven_L,

Sorry. You might be right. I'm just making a general point that I'm not too worried about the brutality of a regime in the Middle East because they're all at it (The problems of the Middle East is that they are still land-based economies, so unsurprisingly act like land-based economies used to be in Europe).

Bayard said...

"Well, unless you can help put a Shah in office."

That sort of thing was precisely where we went wrong last time.

"Fun Online Polls: Neo-lliberalism "

Is that the Welsh version?

Mark Wadsworth said...

TS, B, SL, yes, the whole place is a hell hole and it's best to steer well clear apart from buying oil.

B, well spotted I have amended.