The OECD: an exercise in idealism over indifference

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One day someone should set these two paragraphs from the Guardian today as an exam question and ask how they explain the indifferennce to human suffering at the hands of idealism that typifies the crisis of 2008 - 2013:

The west's leading economic thinktank yesterday backed George Osborne's spending cuts as Brussels conceded that half a dozen debt-ridden EU countries should be given up to two extra years to reduce their budget overspends.

In its half-yearly forecast, the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said the UK was on the right path to a more balanced budget, despite warning that cuts and low consumer and business confidence would put a brake on growth.

To describe the OECD's approach as economically illiterate is just too kind to them, precisely because concern for human well being would appear to be beyond them.