The Narrow World of Neoliberalism

ALAN GREENSPAN: Well, I stated that I’m a libertarian Republican, which means I believe in a series of issues, such as smaller government, constraint on budget deficits, free markets, globalization, and a whole series of other things, including welfare reform. And as you may remember, Bill Clinton was pretty much in the same—was doing much that same agenda. And so, I got to consider him as someone—as he described it, we were both an odd couple, because he is a centrist Democrat. And that’s not all that far from libertarian Republicanism.

September 24, 2007. Greenspan interviewed by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now.

Addendum:

The transcript of this interview is from “Alan Greenspan vs. Naomi Klein on the Iraq War, Bush’s Tax Cuts, Economic Populism, Crony Capitalism and More.” Hit the “Narrow World of Neoliberalism” title above to get to the Democracy Now page. It shows how unused Greenspan is to being confronted by real journalists. He flops terribly in efforts to misdirect, evade, and dissimulate (lame efforts that would work with a teevee reporter or newspaper reporter), because Goodman and Klein have done their research. Check out how he tries to present an alternate case for “pre-emptively” invading Iraq–that both avoids the WMD excuse debacle and mentioning Israel’s imperial interests in the region–but manages to promote violating international law. Check out how he tries to pretend his Republican libertarianism has had nothing to do with crony capitalism graft: “Ohh, well now that you confront me with the evidence, let me stutter on here for awhile…”

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