Category Archives: neoliberalism

This is why we can’t have nice things

The New York Times, with its insufferable class and elite bias, recently pondered economic policy–“How House Dems Plan to Raise $2.9 T” Gee, I wonder how they will get the money? Maybe they can find some spare change under the … Continue reading

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Ism’s

I’m trying to quit ism’s but it’s proving more difficult than I imagined. The problem is that ism’s like socialism, capitalism, liberalism and Marxism have become so charged that one has to spend an inordinate amount of time unpacking the … Continue reading

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Predatory Value Extraction

I’ve finally found the perfect description for our late-capitalist, neoliberal milieu–predatory value extraction. At Naked Capitalism, Hubert Horan examines the business model of Uber and finds that it represents the larger US political economy, where everything has been subjugated by … Continue reading

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Advanced Accumulation

I’ve come to believe that the offshoring of American manufacturing jobs to China has a lot of similarities to the enclosure movement in Great Britain. The enclosure movement occurred in the 17th and 18th centuries when the aristocracy threw the … Continue reading

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Pattern Recognition

The American empire has not become kinder and gentler just because they are flying the rainbow or BLM flags at our embassy’s. Or because there is now a lesbian at the helm of the CIA directing drone strikes. Or because … Continue reading

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Double Truth

Neoliberalism, as a political ideology focused intently on maximizing the power of “capital,” deploys a double truth to cover its inherent contradictions: 1) that an ideology dedicated to liberal values has to continuously resort to illiberal practices; 2) that an … Continue reading

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Debt as a Weapon

Michael Hudson has a new post up discussing the future of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. Here’s taste: “Since Roman times, creditors have forced debtors who could not repay to forfeit their assets through foreclosure or forced sale. … Continue reading

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Hudsonism

I’m pretty sure that a lot of leftist’s have not realized that Marxism, as a way in which to critique industrial capitalism, has been made largely irrelevant by neoliberalism. Moreover, by insisting that the “market” is the most advanced information … Continue reading

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Buying Immortality

I’ve come to realize that philanthropy, at least for the feral elite, is more about public relations and ultimately buying immortality than about doing good for other people. That’s certainly my takeaway from reading Empire of Pain–The Secret History of … Continue reading

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The Medical/Industrial/Complex

Back when President Obama was proposing health care reform I, naively, thought that the way to overhaul health care was to ask why Americans were so unhealthy to begin with and that question would inevitably lead back to our industrial … Continue reading

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