Monday, April 08, 2013

Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)

Glenn Greenwald: Margaret Thatcher and misapplied death etiquette -- The dictate that one 'not speak ill of the dead' is (at best) appropriate for private individuals, not influential public figures< (The Guardian)

Russell Brand: Remembering Margaret Thatcher, Britain's Unmaternal National Matriarch (Huffington Post)

Lynne Segal: Thatcher—neoliberalism’s “willing tool” (Verso)

Michael Hudson: Thatcher's Legacy of Failed Privatizations (Naked Capitalism)

Michael Hudson and Jeffrey Sommers: The Queen Mother of Global Austerity and Financialization - Thatcher's Mean Legacy (Counterpunch)

Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013): Tariq Ali on Late British PM’s Legacy From Austerity to Apartheid (Democracy Now)

Hugo Young: Margaret Thatcher left a dark legacy that has still not disappeared (The Guardian)

From Billy Bragg, Calgary, AB, Canada, on the death of Margaret Thatcher (Posted on his Facebook profile):

This is not a time for celebration. The death of Margaret Thatcher is nothing more than a salient reminder of how Britain got into the mess that we are in today. Of why ordinary working people are no longer able to earn enough from one job to support a family; of why there is a shortage of decent affordable housing; of why domestic growth is driven by credit, not by real incomes; of why tax-payers are forced to top up wages; of why a spiteful government seeks to penalise the poor for having an extra bedroom; of why Rupert Murdoch became so powerful; of why cynicism and greed became the hallmarks of our society.

Raising a glass to the death of an infirm old lady changes none of this. The only real antidote to cynicism is activism. Don't celebrate - organise!

Will Elvis Costello Dance on Margaret Thatcher’s Grave? (TruthDig)

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