Friday, February 01, 2002

ANTI-GLOBALIZATION PROS: Here's Matt Welch on the good points anti-globalization protesters are making. He also pinpoints the political leanings of The Economist: neo-liberal. He puts it in quotes so I guess it isn't a term in heavy circulation, unlike neoconservative. Who are the neo-liberal bloggers, by the way? I've seen lots of different conservative and libertarian blogs, and much of the pre-9/11 bloggerverse seems pretty dyed-in-the-wool liberal. But neo-liberal? I'm not sure.

I dig Matt's comments on why we should all be reading The Economist:

If the protest kids ever read The Economist, they’d see that most of this six-point program is perfectly consistent with the editorial views of the world’s leading “neo-liberal” publication. If people who described themselves as “liberal” would actually embrace “liberalism,” the left 25% of the American Left wouldn’t strike everyone else as so ridiculous, irrelevant, and (post-Sept. 11) infuriating as all hell.

Well, he's not saying everyone should, just the protest kids who would benefit from it the most. But everyone should; I think I've said this before, but it's the best possible Newsweek.

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