Monday, November 24, 2008

Kevin Rudd s pessimism and the art of Self-fulfilling prophecy

Peru's President in an apparent act of faith and positive thinking suggested that the present crises would be over in 18 months. Notwithstanding the impracticality of the statement, it seems our Kevin Rudd, having little appreciation of positive thinking and, in true to form style responds:

"What I know is, it's going to be tough and hard in '09," he said, adding, that he has no doubt the next year will be very tough for the Australian economy. "It's going to involve a lot of hard work, a very tough year ahead, not just for the Government, we're talking about the economy, Australian people, families, this will be a very difficult year … “
Personally, I think he is enjoying the crises, much like the Greek mythic figure Oedipus who fulfills the oracle’s prophecy that he will kill his father and marry his mother, by striving to avoid the prophecy. Kevin Rudd, true to form in talking down economies while talking up a crises, will inadvertently bring about a worse than would otherwise be economic crises, in this instance, the prediction that could otherwise be false but is made true by Rudd’s words and deeds.

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