Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Fwd: Neoliberalism described

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From: John H

This evening I was planning on sending out another missive on some new or revived outrage threatening all which most of us hold near and dear.  However, I was looking through my latest copy of The Baffler, No. 38 (an excellent periodical, by the way) and came across this really well-done article on neoliberalism.  This immediately caused me to change my mind.  This is unusual in that neoliberalism, while pervasive in this nation and throughout much of the rest of the developed world, is an extremely difficult ideology to pin down in less than two or three hundred pages of dense text.  Though the author, Eugene McCarraher, certainly does not capture all of the many nuances of neoliberalism in these nine pages, he does fairly well describe some of its most salient features.  In particular, the critical nature of neoliberalism as a quasi-religious theology with significant differences in the rules pertaining to the neoliberal priesthood and those the rest of us are forced to obey.  I heartedly encourage you to take a few minutes and read this piece.  It will be well worth your time.  And, if it piques your interest, get a copy of Philip Mirowski's wonderful book on neoliberalism Never Let a Serious Crisis Go To Waste and read it.



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