📚 node [[neoliberalism]]

neoliberalism

Definition

The epithet ‘neoliberal’ is often a grenade lobbed with the pin attached, because this explosive term is rarely understood by those hurling it

[[Half-Earth Socialism]]

Departing from their eighteenth-century tradition, the neoliberals recognized that [[markets]] were hardly natural but rather needed nurturing and protection by a strong [[state]]. Markets deserved such care because they could concentrate knowledge diffused throughout society into the metric of [[price]]. The conference’s impresario, Friedrich Hayek, saw the price system as a mechanism not merely for exchanging goods but also ‘for communicating information’. Markets allowed people to act rationally as individuals without full knowledge of why prices change, which meant that society’s ‘optimal ignorance’ was surprisingly high

[[Half-Earth Socialism]]

Neoliberalism is an attack on our ability to build common spaces

Donald Trump apotheosis of Neoliberalism

Failed business man running country, dismantling state and making money from it

Modus operandi

Neoliberalism ring fences common foods for profits

Gives a fiction of choice when it has privatised essentials

Individualism

Criticisms

Atomization and individualism seems stupidly inefficient

Against individualism: if there's meaning in life it's in our relationships

Self help can be a very individualistic pursuit sometimes

Inconsistencies

Neoliberalism relies heavily on a strong state to push trade agreements

Neoliberalism makes massive use of public infrastructure

Neoliberalism is not really a free market - it's a rigged market

Resources

George Monbiot: "Neoliberalism: the ideology at the root of all our problems"

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/15/neoliberalism-ideology-problem-george-monbiot

Radio Open Source: "Welcome to our neoliberal world"

http://radioopensource.org/welcome-neoliberal-world/

Weekly Economics Podcast: "Beginner's Guide to Neoliberalism"

https://soundcloud.com/weeklyeconomicspodcast/neoliberalismthebasics

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