Sinn Féin and Neo-Liberalism
Posted by Jack Stephens on March 12, 2007
Nelson Hawkins, who does the blog Pottawatomie Creek, posts a speech by Jack O’Connor (president of SIFTU) to Sinn Féin, an Irish Republican party seeking the ouster of British troops from Northern Ireland and the unification of the island of Ireland:
This offensive is carried forward under the banner of market liberalisation, exploiting millions of vulnerable people who have no alternative but to work for half nothing. This assault is conducted with the assistance of a neo-liberal creed that depicts the world as locked in a battle between the Good Guys and the Bad Guys. The Good Guys are consumers and the Bad Guys are producers. The Good Guys are champions of free choice and competition, while the Bad Guys are protectors of selfish vested interests in this virtual universe. Naturally workers are among the Bad Guys.