Margaret Wente has managed to get another piece printed in the G&M. In it she preaches the usual anti-intellectual boiler plate that is part and parcel of neo-con/corporatist propaganda these days.
Although highly educated social progressives are alarmed by the scenario, hardly anybody else is. In a recent Associated Press poll on Americans’ top concerns, just 5 per cent of respondents said inequality was a major problem that needed attention. Nearly all of those who said it was a problem said they doubted the government could do anything immediate to address it. In fact, long-running Gallup polls have consistently found that Americans’ top issue is dissatisfaction with government.
So educated people are worried, but given the fact that they are outnumbered by the majority of the US population everything is fine; because all the world’s problems are solved by a majority in a gallop poll.. right? By this logic the hole in the ozone layer could have been voted into non-existence back in the day because only those elitist climate scientists said it existed. It would have been easy to ask the American people if they were worried then and I’m betting a pound to a pinch of dog-pooh it wouldn’t have even garnered a single vote.
Being educated I clicked on her link and that’s when I realised she was not being entirely honest about what her source in fact said either.
Unemployment, Economy and Debt were the top three on the list and guess what Ms Wente? All of these are directly related to inequality via the attempts to rig the system to suit the increasingly fewer super wealthy. Sure if you looked for a category “Increasing inequality” then it wasn’t there, but anyone who is honest in looking for answers and has a modicum of intelligence knows that the three top categories that Americans are concerned about are all part of that growing inequality.
She also went on about how well Canada’s middle class is doing compared to the devastated US middle class, you know the group that had no worries about issues that lead to a greater inequality in earnings, lifespans etc. She even cited a report that illustrated that the unfettered antics of corporations and “less government” advocates had led to greater inequality; but because those who had been dumped on didn’t specifically cite “income inequality” as a concern; just jobs, the economy and debt, all is well. In the space of a couple of paragraphs Wente’s inability to comprehend the sources she cited as supportive of her position completely undercut anything she had to say. Her source population was worried about “income inequality” as well as a declining standard of living and both her sources declared this in a loud and clear manner to anyone who could read. Yet some how Wente came to the opposite conclusion.
This truly is a piece that doesn’t hold together in anyway what so ever and does the Globe and Mail no favours at all. I have to wonder what on earth her editor was doing? The only thing that Wente wrote in her outpouring that was in anyway accurate was this.
I’m not qualified to analyze Mr. Piketty’s work, which even critics have described as “brilliant.”
If only she had stopped there, because she went on to try and do exactly what she said she couldn’t do and illustrated that maybe her former tactic of plagiarism wasn’t such a bad thing after all. Well as long as she “borrowed”the work from someone who could read a simple report that is