Tag Archives: Corey Robin

Leftless in America

  In The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump, political scientist, Corey Robin says that conservatism draws its power and purpose from opposition to the left. “From the French Revolution through civil rights and women’s lib, struggles … Continue reading

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It’s the economy, stupid

  In retrospect it seems obvious, but political scientist Corey Robin argues that Bernie Sanders did so well in the 2016 presidential election because he’s the first Democrat in forever to offer a trenchant political analysis of the US economy. … Continue reading

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How Neoliberalism Became a Pejorative

  Neoliberal’s have gotten a touch defensive lately. Recently, New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait tweeted, “What if every use of ‘neoliberal’ was replaced with, simply, ‘liberal’? Would any non-propagandistic meaning be lost?” Neoliberalism is the generally accepted name for the socially atomizing, inequality-generating, environmentally … Continue reading

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Managing the Decline

  We are witnessing the first presidential campaign since the Great Depression that directly challenges the essential features of the US economy. All the controversy over social issues and immigration is just so much distraction from the bi-partisan economic policies … Continue reading

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Collaborators

The Great Depression so discredited capitalism that it created space for the New Deal reforms implemented by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Many of these policies, influenced by economist John Maynard Keynes, involved massive government intervention in the economic affairs of … Continue reading

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Class-Warfare

The free-market economic policy our leaders have chosen for us–neoliberalism–requires coercion to make people participate. Enforcing market obedience is something I’ve written about at CK before. It’s also one of the salient points made about early capitalism in Karl Polanyi’s masterpiece, The … Continue reading

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Hearts and Minds

At a party the other day a male relative repeated a familiar sentiment–“Government is the problem. We don’t need any government except the military.” Everyone around him kind of nodded and the party continued. Meanwhile, I wanted to bang my … Continue reading

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