1980 and Laissez Faire Capitalism

I’ve been a bit quiet on this blog of late. This is partly because I’m still writing my memoir An Anxious Life, which covers the first 18 years of my life. I’ve now got to the end of 1980, which was quite a year. The Soviets had just invaded Afghanistan and the Cold War was getting hotter. In March 1980 I turned 16 years old. In May the UK government released an information booklet called Protect and Survive, the preamble of which ran: This booklet tells you how to make your home and family as safe as possible under nuclear attack. In June 1980 it was announced that RAF Greenham Common was to become a site for American cruise missiles with nuclear warheads. This controversial decision led to the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, which at times had as many as 70,000 women protesting against nuclear weapons. In July the Olympic Games took place in Moscow. Sixty six countries boycotted the Games. Also in July I left school. Inflation was running at 22% and there were more than 1.5 million people out of work. Despite being in power for more than a year, Prime Minister Thatcher hadn’t been able to come anywhere near to fixing Britain’s economic woes. In October 1980, amid murmurs that she would be forced to make a U-turn in her economic policies, Margaret Thatcher told the Conservative Party conference: “You turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning.” In November 1980 Ronald Reagan was elected President of the USA. The hawkish Reagan’s election campaign had been largely based on an anti-détente stance. In December 1980 John Lennon was shot and killed in the archway of his Manhattan apartment building.

Yup, quite a year, and the reason I’m banging on about it is because of Thatcher and Reagan, who started the economic madness that has dominated all four decades of my working life. In relation to this, here’s what I thought was quite a good talk given by Mark Blyth in November 2017. The talk is called Why People Vote for Those Who Work Against Their Best Interests

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2 Responses to 1980 and Laissez Faire Capitalism

  1. George says:

    1 in 4 college students in California homeless. In LA country, in 2010, there were quarter of a million homeless. Now more. Estimates 10-20 million, including squatters, couch surfers itinerant motels. Most Disneyland employees sleep in cars, since the 2008 banker induced- housing crisis. Rents and houses monopolized.

    6 million Columbian refugees in Venezuela. Elliot Abrams was the neocon that massacred 100 innocent women and children in El Salvador back in 80 S. Also helped Bolton in Iraq. There will be 10 million indigenous and Columbian refugees if Fuko destabilized Venezuela. Fuko has deregulated nuclear here, to the point a fukushima is sure too happen. In fukoland pipeline Protestors are arrested.https://invisiblepeople.tv/videos/lisa-homeless-woman-venice-beach/

    Abusive family


    Invisible People. Girl 19
    Homeless since 13 liked out by foster mom

    Homeless with children in seattle
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    Rn died shortly after interview in Glendale
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  2. freddy says:

    The UN human rights chief called Wednesday for a “full investigation” into the possible excessive use of force by French police during the “Yellow Vest” demonstrations.
    “The ‘Gilets Jaunes’ (Yellow Vests) have been protesting what they see as exclusion from economic rights and participation in public affairs,” rights chief Michelle Bachelet said in her annual address to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
    “We encourage the government to continue dialogue – including follow-up to the national discussions which are currently underway – and urge full investigation of all reported cases of excessive use of force”.


    Rob, the World is awakening to the brutality of the Macron Regime.

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