LEFT OVER. Intellectual blastocyst Guy Rundle reviews the newly-released Blaming Ourselves: September 11 and the Agony of the Left. His article begins with this analysis of the US:
The government and corporate sector of the US has used coercive military and economic means to extend its power throughout the world since World War II. Full capitalism has been pushed into vastly different societies, often at the point of a gun; when market forces crowd out other ways of life and draw the whole society into the cash nexus, the event is retrospectively described as "free choice".
Full capitalism? Rock on, Indymedia boy! Well, it reads like Indymedia, but Rundle actually wrote this for The Bulletin, a general news magazine owned by Australia's richest man, Kerry Packer. Brian Linse wondered the other night about the Australian media's lefty tilt; here's an example of it, brother.
My contribution to the book is quickly dismissed:
Tim Blair confines himself to making fun of the names of letter writers to the papers: " … David Lyons, plonker, of Hallidays Point, cast bin Laden in the role of Ecowarrior … Jif Morrison, cleaning product, of Clovelly, took … " and so on.
Here's an edited version of my piece, which doesn't include all the name-fun-making. Read it and decide for yourself what I "confined" myself to.
(Incidentally, Rundle has a secondary – very secondary – career as a television comedy writer. Yet he doesn't know the difference between an insult – calling David Lyons a plonker – and making fun of someone with the same name as a common household cleanser. This facility with words may explain why Rundle's comic writing is so hilariously Engels-like.)
Rundle then provides another few lines of the sort that prompted this book in the first place:
One would think the terrorist destruction of New York's largest buildings (not to mention the Pentagon) would focus the mind on the US world role and criticism of it.
Exactly right, Runty. Forget any examination of the attackers; it's the attacked who must be put on trial. By the way, weren't a few thousand people killed in these attacks? Or was bin Laden just making a point about modern architecture?
You can purchase the book here. It costs $22 in Australian money, which is about $12 in American oppression currency. Or just send your cash to Rundle, so he can buy a clue.