Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Krugman on right-wing propaganda about France versus the reality of France
Krugginator - what's the matter with France? Through the simple examination of data, Krugman probes (as I was saying 2 years ago) the right-wing assertion that France is a socialist economic basket-case of cheese-eating surrender monkeys.
And, of course, it turns out that it's not. It's especially fun to see him note France's economic performance versus that of the noted right-wing austerian dystopia The Netherlands.
This was the reason, two years ago, that I quit reading almost all American commentary on Europe: it's all (except Krugman) utter bullshit, infused heavily with racist attitudes about lazy swarthy Mediterraneans and noble savage Teutons.
There might be a political basis to the propaganda too; socialist countries are supposed to be disasters, so therefore France should be a disaster. Which is funny because the noble savage Teutons also live in a profoundly socialist system; but I guess that's ignored because Teutons also like being fucking miserable, hateful, selfish assholes, so therefore they're true capitalists at heart.