Thursday, July 07, 2005

Well-worth reading

Have just read The Age columnist Kenneth Davidson's article "Economists are the priests of our time", about the myths that justify contemporary government policy in Australia and elsewhere. It strikes me that Davidson, writing for a relatively 'mainstream' publication (probably most widely read amongst inner-city Melbournites, but nevertheless written for a non-theory-reading audience), describes almost exactly the concept of 'ideology' or 'myth' (in Roland Barthes' sense), but never actually uses the word. I find this reassuring: one doesn't need to be privy to specialised, academic parlance in order to have a sense of what is really at stake in politics.

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