Was at the fiscal crisis meeting in Summerhill in Dublin city centre last night and I made the point that we shouldn’t concede economics to the Right, that economics is way too important for the Left to walk away from, and we should start answering our own questions about economics, should as: what would a democratic banking system actually look like? Afterwards a woman came up to me and said that I was right because we must stop governments from ’simply printing money’ and I said to her “well, of course governments print money, how do you think money is created?” I said that the problem is not so much ‘printing money’ but what that money (or credit) is used for - and in the past 20 years it was used mainly for asset price speculation. She and her partner just kind of nodded and walked away as their ‘BUT THEY ARE JUST PRINTING MONEY!’ scare tactic wasn’t working on me. I found out later that she is in Libertas. That really tickled me. Really made my day.
There were a couple more right-wingers in the audience and they were doing what right-wingers always do in Ireland - keeping an eye on the working class and doing their best to funnel them into taking the route of hiring lawyers as advocates, to use lawyers to make the arguments for them. Fucking vampire squids.