Tag Archives: neoliberalism

A World Turned Upside Down

  When the British surrendered at Yorktown at the close of the Revolutionary War their commander, General Cornwallis, was so distraught that he feigned illness and instead had his subordinate proffer his sword to General Washington. The tenor of the … Continue reading

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Rotten Arrangements

  The Coronavirus pandemic is calling into question all of the rotten arrangements that have brought us to this point in American history. Indeed, the virus is remorselessly exposing every weakness in the political and economic ideologies it touches. Especially the ideology … Continue reading

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Existential Threat

  Every economy is planned. The essential political question is who gets to do the planning. Likewise, every economy is a mix between state and private actors. After 40 plus years of neoliberal “reforms”, the dominant actors in the US are … Continue reading

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Redistribution

  As Bernie Sanders continues to triumph in Democratic primaries expect to hear increased denunciations of socialism. Along the way I suspect there will be denunciations of redistribution as well. However, it’d important to understand that the crucial redistribution has already … Continue reading

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The language of control

  In a recent interview Matt Stoller confirmed something that I long suspected. Stoller, the author of Goliath: The 100 Year war between Monopoly Power and Democracy, describes economics as the language of the aristocracy, or oligarchy, if you will. He … Continue reading

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A Political Project

  Now that that America has entered an end-of-empire death spiral our feral elite are either studiously ignoring our predicament, or blaming the victims. By death spiral I don’t mean Trump, he’s only one of the more grotesque symptoms, but our whole … Continue reading

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Pattern Recognition

  William Gibson writes dystopian science fiction, where he imagines the future by closely studying the present. In his post 9/11 novel Pattern Recognition, he discovers that the present is just as weird and dystopian as any future he might imagine. I’ve … Continue reading

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Market Failure

  I never though I would feel nostalgic for the Cold War but in retrospect it’s apparent that the contest between the two superpowers over which system delivered more comfort, freedom, and happiness to its citizens was a golden era. … Continue reading

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Shameless

  I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: Mitt Romney, Mittens as I like to call him, represents everything that’s wrong with our modern day financialized economy. However, Mittens, who recently spoke out against the “socialist agenda” of the Democratic … Continue reading

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Sacred Cows

  Immigration has been a divisive force throughout American history, simmering just below the surface before exploding into paroxysm’s of violence where riots, lynching and murder are the order of the day. In a future shaped by extreme climate disruption immigration … Continue reading

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