Monday, April 8, 2013

Margaret Thatcher Is Dead

The drag alter ego of Dick Cheney has left us.  I was only a kid, but I remember the hagiography she got in the US press.  The "liberal" US media sure do love them some tough-guy establishment leaders who fight wars and kick poors. 
Thatcher was among the best-known foreign politicians in the U.S., likely because of her close working relationship with Ronald Reagan, with whom she shared a reactionary worldview and utter lack of compassion. She was also similarly transformative: In the 11 years of her premiership, between 1979 and 1990, Thatcher sold off billions of pounds worth of government assets—privatizing even industries for which no real competitive market existed—used an unnecessary and avoidable war against Argentina to manufacture enough jingoistic sentiment to earn her re-election, and broke the power of British trade unions, calling the miners who participated in a 1984 strike directed against her politics "the enemy within." Modern Britons are still living within the social, political and economic structures she built, and suffering from the absence of the structures she disabled. Millions of people in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales (and in South Africa and Cambodiaand Chile) will be celebrating tonight. (To be fair! Many will be mourning.) (Also celebrating: gay people!)
She was a horrible person, and her son Mark is also a horrible person.  Let's not pretend otherwise just because she has died.

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