Category Archives: neoliberalism

Because markets, go die

I’ve always liked this formulation of neoliberalism because of its succinctness, but it’s useful to tease out the implications. Because markets describes how neoliberalism organizes all human activity through the competition of a market system that’s directed by a neoliberal … Continue reading

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Impunity

One of the most widespread and stubbornly pervasive myths told about US multi-party “representative democracy” is that the elected officials are accountable to the people.  After the criminal invasion of Iraq we were told that the public will pass judgment … Continue reading

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Musical Chairs

There’s a new book out that helps explain the behavior of liberals since Trump’s surprise election in 2016. Virtue Hoarders, by Catherine Liu, examines the professional managerial class (PMC), which is predominated by liberals, and finds that they are shameless … Continue reading

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Me, myself and I

Identity politics is the perfect embodiment of neoliberalism. Arch-neoliberal Margaret Thatcher articulated it when she proclaimed that “there is no society, only individuals…” Moreover, identity politics is designed to divide and rule. They’re not even being subtle about it. In … Continue reading

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Multipolar

The neocons are sure to lose their shit but what did they expect with their inept machinations and insane war mongering? Instead of a glorious neoliberal market utopia undergirded by American “full spectrum dominance” the rest of the world is … Continue reading

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Confessions of an economic imperialist

The US uses finance and debt to maintain its empire, working through its minions the IMF and World Bank to immiserate developing countries so they can be plundered. What is evangelized as U.S.-style democracy is really a financial oligarchy privatizing … Continue reading

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Jubilee

We’re constantly told that mass defaults would destroy the economy, but this is more of the great lie promulgated by the corporate media. Mass defaults would destroy much of the wealth of the financial elite which has been greatly enriched by the global … Continue reading

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Times they are a changing

The outbreak of the Ukraine conflict, the way it’s turning out, and the outraged but limited US/NATO response, are only a surprise to those who haven’t been paying attention to the fundamental changes already underway for some time. Even though … Continue reading

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Highway to Hell

There’s been a lot of books and articles written about America’s love affair with the automobile. This is not one of those. Most of us have heard the urban legend about how the car, oil and tire companies bought up … Continue reading

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Personal Responsibility

The American Dream rests on a series of myths or fantasies, some more true than others. Free enterprise, social mobility, the business mogul as a rebellious hero, work hard and get ahead, we’re all in this together as a vast … Continue reading

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