It is political party conference season in the UK. The last of the major three party’s conferences kicked-off yesterday, namely the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.
However, we want to focus on a little snippet from last week’s Labour Party conference.
In the Labour Party leader’s (Ed Miliband) speech, he attacked ‘neoliberalism’, which in itself is not a bad thing; because the extension of the neoliberal idea, namely that ‘every interaction should be a market transaction’, has also been criticised by this publication and inspired the ‘Soul’ part of our name (theMarketSoul). Hence, we believe that there are behavioural (human and natural interaction) factors that cannot be removed and reduced to mere Market Transactions.
What we want to pick up on in today’s commentary is Ed’s use of language. He referred to ‘predators’ and Asset-strippers as the bad side of capitalism.
Personally we have no problem with predator behaviour, because this is in itself a natural phenomenon, and plays itself out countless times in the cycle and chain of life every day. If not, there would be an imbalance in nature itself. So utilising ‘natural language’ and phenomenon is good.
We do take umbrage at the ‘Asset-stripping’ tag, though. This is the ‘engineering’ and ‘clumsy’ language usage that disturbs us. We look towards language and metaphors that express nature, ecosystems and balance more precisely. Therefore, Ed, do call them predators and don’t mind what the main stream press and ‘Asset-strippers’ make of it. After all; it takes a lot to offend a lion, doesn’t it, or not?
[We picked up this article ‘Good Capitalism Does Exist’ written by Will Hutton, in the Guardian on 3 October 2011]