Quote of the Day: Philip Pullman on Free Market Fundamentalism

The author of ‘His Dark Materials’ rips into the ideology the conservative government is forcing upon Britain in a brilliant speech defending public libraries facing closure:

Market fundamentalism, this madness that’s infected the human race, is like a greedy ghost that haunts the boardrooms and council chambers and committee rooms from which the world is run these days.

Pullman rejects David Cameron’s notion of the ‘Big Society’, believing it to be a thinly veiled trick to alleviate responsibility from the state for the welfare of its people. The speech is definitely worth reading in full.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.