maandag 14 november 2011

Bezuinigen toen en nu - Paul Krugman

Ik moet nog even doorgaan met die bezuinigingszeepbel - wanneer houdt het op? Paul Krugman wijst op de onvermijdelijke en noodzakelijke zuinigheid van overheden na de Tweede Wereldoorlog, die door de kiezers werd begrepen. Maar sterk in tegenstelling daarmee staat dat nu:
austerity is being imposed because men in suits say that it’s necessary to satisfy the invisible gods of the financial market. It’s understandable that the public is beginning to have its doubts, and not just because those invisible gods somehow demand sacrifices only from workers, never from the wealthy. For the fact is that those men in suits have no idea what they’re doing — a fact that was apparent to some of us early on, but it now becoming common knowledge.
And so if you want to contrast the stoicism of the postwar populace with the anger and confusion of today’s voters, don’t blame consumerism; blame our leaders, who have imposed gratuitous, unfair pain on their constituents, who are finally starting to figure it out.
Austerity Then And Now - NYTimes.com:
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