G-8 Leaders Agree: More Rosy Platitudes, Empty Statements Needed
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  • The legacy press, which covers empty non-events like this with great relish, strained and gasped to find some drama in the event.”

    That;s about the size of it. The legacy press can be counted on to report in great detail about the Emperor’s new clothes. After all, that’s what got them in to the position of being keepers of ‘the narrative’. Reading and believing the Legacy Media is a form of mental disability in the present environment where there are much better sources like Via Meadia available.

  • Kenny

    If the truth be told, the “Rosy Platitudes and Empty Statements” serve a definite purpose.

    They essentially allow the game of kick the can down the road to go on, and each day that it does, this in turn allows the parasitical class of elites to continue to enjoy its perks and astronomical compensation packages.

    It also gives these elites more time to just their own personal finances to avoid, if not profit outright, the consequences of the coming collapse that their mis-management and pipe dreams brought on.

  • GC

    These summits are nothing more than a co-conspiracy between the politicians and the media. The pols get photos and airtime and the media get a story which, as you point out, is a non-story. Yet year-in and year-out this nonsense rolls on.

  • @ – “the legacy press”

    Nice phrase. Like legacy admits to elite universities.

  • @ “dipspeak” — another great neologism. Worthy of Orwell.

  • With the exception of Russia, the G-8 looks to be composed of the chief representatives of what used to be called Western civilization. You know, the one based on science, capitalism, and democracy. With Japan in It needs a new name, one less geo-centric. How about “the civilized world?”

  • Kansas Scott

    The nature of this post seems a little too snarky and a little to undecided as to what it’s point is.

    There are nine paragraphs. The first six are spent belittling the gatherings but then the next two point out reasons that the gatherings are still of some value and then we finish with the final paragraph telling us to ignore the whole thing.

    I love most of this blog’s writings but maybe in this case the writer could spend less time being clever about how many “functioning brain cells” our elected leaders have and spend a little more time on determining an agreed upon point.

  • cali

    The ’emperor’ is still naked; his naked audicity to ask them for assistance in his re-election hopefully fell flat as well.

    As Reuters reported, the emperor even had the gall to make these leaders as uncomfortable as possible, hitting them up for his re-election campaign.

    How much more vain can he get?

  • jay

    “Merkel Rejects Obama Plea for Change in German Policy”

    “How’ve you been?” Mr. Obama asked Ms. Merkel.

    She shrugged and pursed her lips.

    “Well, you have a few things on your mind,” Mr. Obama said consolingly.

    More accurate headline “Merkel respectfully tells Obama to [profanity removed]”

  • j lindsey

    Great post, Walter. It is gratifying to hear that the G-8 has endorsed Apple Pie (aka Growth.) But how to actually achieve it is not the strength of the legacy press. Possibly what motivates those pundits is the same instinct that expects big government and elite opinion to solve the big problems that they themselves are so reluctant to admit complicity to.

  • SamC

    Orwellian-speak: ” ‘pro-growth’ path” AKA Tax & Spend AKA stimulus.

  • Rob in Mass

    The most significant aspect of this article was that it floated an emerging framing device for Euro-socialists, the Democratic Party and their media enablers: the idea of a choice between “growth” and “austerity”. In this framing, the Dems/French Socialists represent growth and the Republicans/Germans represent austerity. Nevermind that growth in this telling can only come from more government spending and austerity means spending 50% more than four years ago versus 70% more. I heard this frame echoed on NPR this morning and expect to hear it a lot more going forward. The idea that real growth comes from the private sector has been quietly excised from the discussion when it is framed this way. And,austerity simply means spending less than the most ardent socialists have most recently requested.

  • Snorri Godhi

    “World Leaders Urge Growth, Not Austerity”

    The NYT is not alone in framing the narrative as though austerity is an alternative to growth: the BBC does it too, and at taxpayers’ expense. (At least, judging by BBC headlines: I don’t waste time reading articles with fatuous headlines.)

    Meanwhile, in the real world, countries and American States that embraced austerity report the strongest growth — though that growth might have more to do with deregulation than with austerity per se.

  • Snorri Godhi

    Kansas Scott: you are missing the point. What our distinguished host is saying is that these meetings are useful, but at the same time reading reports about them is at best useless.
    There is no contradiction between the 2 claims, as long as you accept the reality that important events can take place without your knowing or even being able to know about them.

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