Please read “Margaret Thatcher’s dead and I want to cry” by Katy Evans-Bush at “Baroque in Hackney.” It might be the most important blog post you’ll read this year.
It’s a moving and honest essay on the death of a “rich tyrant.” It’s also a scathing indictment of a certain type of aristocratic leadership, and of the political and economic systems that empower and protect such leadership.
I believe Ms. Evans-Bush’s analysis is not limited to Margaret Thatcher. Didn’t Ronald Reagan represent the same harsh policies, but with a kinder, smiling face and a charming personality?
The essay is really about the corporate-aristocratic elite that cares nothing about the middle classes and the poor. Based on this essay, it appears to me that the “rich tyrants” represented by Margaret Thatcher, are intent on imposing a modern form of slavery, called “austerity,” on the masses.
I believe everything Ms. Evans-Bush says in her essay about British economic and political power is equally true in the United States and in Canada. Western democracy is in a sad and dangerous state. Government of the people, by the people, for the people, has always been called an “experiment.”
Benjamin Franklin famously wondered if the new republic created by America’s founding fathers was a rising sun or a setting sun.
George Washington single-handedly prevented the new nation from becoming a monarchy.
Abraham Lincoln fought the Civil War to save and extend the experiment of democracy.
I’m inclined to believe that “rich tyrants” represented by Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan had the effect of bending history. They turned the experiment in democracy over to wealthy aristocrats and multinational corporations.
Perhaps it was a decisive turn toward a world now ruled by “Earth Inc.,” a term coined by Al Gore, the man who was probably elected president but not inaugurated.
What we have now, in the early 21st century, is not democracy; it’s plutocracy.
Thanks to Katy Evans-Bush for shining a bright light on the harsh truth.
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