Feb 172013
 


The Fundamental Lie of Representation

Governments are just cushion organizations – and certainly, despite all the rhetoric, they do not "represent", they "cool down".

Storified by Soviet Unit· Sun, Feb 17 2013 03:59:13

The government is paid for with workers’ money, mostly. So in principle it should fight for their interests – and from this principle, it is credible when it asks workers to ‘sacrifice’. It earns nothing from that, righ?
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One of the best signals of whom today’s government are representing, is the fact that they’re the first detractors of themselves. Today, everything should be privatized, otherwise potential markets are distorted and do not bring the employment and wealth they might.
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Curiously, or, rather obviously from another standpoint, the single largest expenditure which goes to the widest collective benefit of workers is the one which is deemed ‘unsustainable’ and the most valuable prey to privatisation:
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