A modern parable…..?

“The ship wherein Theseus and the youth of Athens returned had thirty oars, and was preserved by the Athenians    …    for they took away the old planks as they decayed, putting in new and stronger timber in their place, insomuch that this ship became a standing example among the philosophers, for the logical question of things that grow; one side holding that the ship remained the same, and the other contending that it was not the same….”

[Plutarch, Vita Thesel]

A sinking ship...? John Callaway 2015

A sinking ship…? John Callaway 2015

For how much longer can we plug the gaps with oakum and pitch

When will we accept that another coat of varnish on rotten timber does not make it any less rotten…

Against the grain... John Callaway 2015

Against the grain… John Callaway 2015

Behold…the varnish that is austerity…

“a form of voluntary deflation in which the economy adjusts through the reduction of wages, prices and public spending to restore competitiveness, which is (supposedly) best achieved by cutting the state’s budget, debts and deficits”

(Mark Blyth: “Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea” )

The varnish that covers up the idea that the crisis of capitalism is caused by the high-risk speculative financial sector, and paints a picture of the ‘burdens’ of the welfare state and the ‘dependency culture’ it is said to create….

Time to build another ship? Looks like the Greeks think so….

Funny what looking at decaying boats at Eastney makes you think about 😉

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One response to “A modern parable…..?

  • swappers

    Wonderful! And funny how it has a knock on effect Johnny as to what we think about as it brought Roger Lloyd-Pack to mind . .

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