Awesome headline from the Telegraph:
Damian Thompson gets right into the liberal elite subsidised arts bludgers:
To put it another way, people who hold down non-jobs – or work in the arts at a time of crippling deficits – are royally screwed by the drying up of subsidies. They also have problems making sense of chaos. Zizek mocks the Guardian/BBC lobby’s attempts to interpret the Tottenham riots, “trying desperately to translate the protests back into their familiar language”, whereas in fact the only “programme” espoused by the rioters involved free trainers.
These are harrowing times for a bien pensant elite who once gorged themselves at public expense (when someone mentions the Blair years, I think of smarmy “executives” in Alan Yentob stubble slavering over canapés). Now they are showing their panic in different ways – by presenting clumsily biased reports on the Today programme, by throwing hissy fits on the letters page of the Guardian and, as we saw this week, by supporting moves to strangle the conservative newspapers that mock their piggy ways.
The evisceration of this culture is necessary for capitalism to thrive. Let the P45s rain down on White City and Whitehall alike. That’s my view, anyway; Slavoj Zizek thinks capitalism and liberalism should fall together, which is why he exalts “sacred” violence for its own sake. He’s a Communist who appears to believe that private property is theft. So I hope he won’t mind that I downloaded one of his books from the internet without propping up the system by paying for it.