Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 28

Political Language & the Debt Crisis

EPPGeorge Orwell wrote that political language is meant to give "solidity to pure wind." Are politicians and economists simply liars? Or do they speak a different language? Using the example of the European debt crisis, we are able to actually translate political language into the understandable. First, you examine the rhetoric, then the policies, and then the results. If the results do not fit the rhetoric at face value, yet the same policies are pursued time and time again, what we have is a problem of translation. Thus, you take the effects of the policies and apply those as translations for the rhetoric used to justify them. Austerity becomes poverty, structural adjustment becomes exploitation, growth becomes profits, labour flexibility becomes cheap labour, and competitiveness becomes control. This episode examines the uses of political language in the European debt crisis.

Listen to the podcast show here (Subscribers only):

[private]


[/private]

SUBSCRIBE

This site depends exclusively on readers’ support. Please help us continue by SUBSCRIBING, and by ordering our EXCLUSIVE BFP DVD .

FB Like

Share This

This site depends….

This site depends exclusively on readers’ support. Please help us continue by SUBSCRIBING and/or DONATING.

Speak Your Mind