August 23, 2004

Closing down tale

The rather humourless socialist moral behind the last posting is that about twenty years ago the government saw to it that large swathes of the country lost their mines and manufacturing industry and the jobs that went with them. This was justified on the grounds that these weren't real jobs. My first instinctive response to a phrase like that is that the sort of people who say it don't really grasp (not least, because that never really meet them) that the people who do those jobs are real. My second is that it is an obscure and warped version of reality where making cars or digging coal isn't a real job but being a "lifestyle consultant" or a "professional relocator" is.

I really must get around to reading Capital.


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