Sunday, April 17, 2016

Understanding neoliberalism

If you want to understand our world, you have to understand neoliberalism. George Monbiot's Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems is a decent short introduction. Don't let the photo of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher fool you: neoconservatives are only the conservative wing of neoliberalism.

If you want to dig deeper, read David Harvey's A Brief History of Neoliberalism. I've quoted him a few times:

Criticizing identitarianism from the left: a beginner's reading list

David Harvey defines neoconservatism

Some people complain that "neoliberalism" is just a fancy word for modern capitalism, which is true but misses the fact that capitalism has changed in my lifetime. Someone suggested it's just the modern version of Social Darwinism, but Social Darwinism is honest about its ruthlessness. Neoliberalism cloaks its brutal core with an ideology that is as soothing to the rich as any religion could be.

ETA: "neoliberals are defined by their profound contempt for not only the left, but for traditional New Deal liberalism." —John Halle