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Feminism for the 1%
"The Wing, London's new private members' club founded by a former Hillary Clinton aide, is the latest chapter in the story of capitalism covering itself in the veneer of women's empowerment."
feminism  neoliberalism  capitalism 
9 weeks ago by tsuomela
In the Ruins of Neoliberalism | Columbia University Press
"Across the West, hard-right leaders are surging to power on platforms of ethno-economic nationalism, Christianity, and traditional family values. Is this phenomenon the end of neoliberalism or its monstrous offspring? In the Ruins of Neoliberalism casts the hard-right turn as animated by socioeconomically aggrieved white working- and middle-class populations but contoured by neoliberalism’s multipronged assault on democratic values. From its inception, neoliberalism flirted with authoritarian liberalism as it warred against robust democracy. It repelled social-justice claims through appeals to market freedom and morality. It sought to de-democratize the state, economy, and society and re-secure the patriarchal family. In key works of the founding neoliberal intellectuals, Wendy Brown traces the ambition to replace democratic orders with ones disciplined by markets and traditional morality and democratic states with technocratic ones. Yet plutocracy, white supremacy, politicized mass affect, indifference to truth, and extreme social disinhibition were no part of the neoliberal vision. Brown theorizes their unintentional spurring by neoliberal reason, from its attack on the value of society and its fetish of individual freedom to its legitimation of inequality. Above all, she argues, neoliberalism’s intensification of nihilism coupled with its accidental wounding of white male supremacy generates an apocalyptic populism willing to destroy the world rather than endure a future in which this supremacy disappears."
book  publisher  neoliberalism 
12 weeks ago by tsuomela
Neoliberalism From the Left
"In Leftism Reinvented: Western Parties from Socialism to Neoliberalism, Mudge looks at left parties in advanced capitalist countries over the last century and shows how the experts aligned with those parties pushed them in the direction of spin doctors and markets. In the process, left parties’ ability to represent the interests of their own working-class constituencies was eroded — and ordinary people were shut out of the halls of power."
interview  book  neoliberalism  economics  expertise  socialism  activism  ideology 
august 2018 by tsuomela
Quinn Slobodian – Globalists — Crooked Timber
"Quinn Slobodian’s fantastic intellectual history of neo-liberalism in the international arena, Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism. "
book  review  neoliberalism  history  20c  political-science  international  institutions 
may 2018 by tsuomela
The Unholy Family
"Melinda Cooper, Family Values: Between Neoliberalism and the New Social Conservatism (Zone Books/MIT Press, 2017)"
book  review  political-science  history  conservatism  neoliberalism  neoconservatism  family  values  capitalism 
february 2018 by tsuomela
Zombie Neoliberalism | Dissent Magazine
"Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? by Thomas Frank Metropolitan Books, 2016, 320 pp."
book  review  democrats  new-deal  liberalism  neoliberalism 
december 2017 by tsuomela
Modern Family | Dissent Magazine
"Family Values: Between Neoliberalism and the New Social Conservatism by Melinda Cooper Zone Books, 2017, 416 pp."
book  review  family  history  conservatism  neoliberalism  politics 
july 2017 by tsuomela
The United States of Work | New Republic
"PRIVATE GOVERNMENT: HOW EMPLOYERS RULE OUR LIVES (AND WHY WE DON’T TALK ABOUT IT) by Elizabeth AndersonPrinceton University Press, 224pp., $27.95 NO MORE WORK: WHY FULL EMPLOYMENT IS A BAD IDEA by James LivingstonThe University of North Carolina Press, 128pp., $24.00"
book  review  labor  work  ideology  capitalism  neoliberalism  business  management  power 
april 2017 by tsuomela
The Liberal Arts vs. Neoliberalism | Commonweal Magazine
"Jackson Lears on Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life by William Deresiewicz"
book  review  academia  humanities  culture  education  teaching  pedagogy  learning  philosophy  neoliberalism  college  university 
april 2015 by tsuomela
Sleepwalking Through the Ruins – The New Inquiry
"Signs and Machines Capitalism and the Production of Subjectivity By Maurizio Lazzarato Translated by Joshua David Jordan MIT Press 280 pp May 2014"
book  review  critical-theory  capitalism  neoliberalism 
september 2014 by tsuomela
The Rage to Oppose
Is ISIS filling the gap for people who previously would've been communists during the Cold War?
political-science  sociology  opposition  movements  social-movement  neoliberalism  cold-war 
september 2014 by tsuomela
The Utopian · The Thirteen Commandments of Neoliberalism
"Neoliberals are not fundamentalists. But they approach crises with a certain logic—one that is directly relevant to comprehending neoliberalism’s unexpected strength in the current global crisis."
neoliberalism  politics  economics  ideology 
march 2014 by tsuomela
Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship - Charlie's Diary
"For a while I've had the unwelcome feeling that we're living under occupation by Martian invaders. (Not just here in the UK, but everyone, everywhere on the planet.) Something has gone wrong with our political processes, on a global scale. But what? It's obviously subtle - we haven't been on the receiving end of a bunch of jack-booted fascists or their communist equivalents organizing putsches. But we've somehow slid into a developed-world global-scale quasi-police state, with drone strikes and extraordinary rendition and unquestioned but insane austerity policies being rammed down our throats, government services being outsourced, peaceful protesters being pepper-sprayed, tased, or even killed, police spying on political dissidents becoming normal, and so on. What's happening? Here's a hypothesis: Representative democracy is what's happening. Unfortunately, democracy is broken. There's a hidden failure mode, we've landed in it, and we probably won't be able to vote ourselves out of it."
democracy  failure  government  neoliberalism  politics  political-science  post-democracy 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Bring back the 40-hour work week - Salon.com
"What these studies showed, over and over, was that industrial workers have eight good, reliable hours a day in them. On average, you get no more widgets out of a 10-hour day than you do out of an eight-hour day. Likewise, the overall output for the work week will be exactly the same at the end of six days as it would be after five days. So paying hourly workers to stick around once they’ve put in their weekly 40 is basically nothing more than a stupid and abusive way to burn up profits. Let ‘em go home, rest up and come back on Monday. It’s better for everybody."
work  labor  overtime  time  business  neoliberalism  capitalism  management 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Against Law, For Order
"As recently as the 1960s there was a wave of literature arguing that the prison was becoming obsolete. Now the prison stands as a key mechanism for how the government has dealt with its own powers, and this has reconfigured the role of government. The law-and-order movement invokes a radically different role of the state in relation to its citizens than the one of the post-New Deal era. Though an incomplete project, the New Deal had a model of the state as a guarantor of economic security and freedom. Now the state primarily interacts with society as a maintainer of order. For those hoping to rebuild freedom through the state, finding a new vision of how government works needs to be at the front of the agenda."
prison  punishment  law  neoliberalism  neoconservatism  politics  power  structure 
may 2012 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Crisis, what crisis?
"In this sense, what is in one way a parallel between now and the 70s is also a difference. Both eras brought into doubt a dominant economic paradigm - Keynesian social democracy is the 70s and neoliberalism now. However, because neoliberalism serves the interests of capitalists in a way that Keynesianism (by the 70s) did not, there’s less of a rush among the ruling elite to look for an alternative.

But this merely raises the question. Why - given that its living standards are falling now in a way they did not in the 70s - is the working class so quiescent compared to then?"
economics  history  crisis  1970s  2000s  2010s  neoliberalism  conservatism 
april 2012 by tsuomela
U.S. Intellectual History: Paging Marc Bousquet
"Which is why I'm ending this post as I ended the last post I made on this topic by invoking Marc Bousquet, who sees the central challenge we face not as public hostility to the humanities nor our unwillingness to mount a vigorous enough defense of our intellectual specialties, but rather as the deteriorating conditions of our employment and our inability--or unwillingness--to successfully oppose these changes. Rather than simply reiterating our claims to specialness--which we are much better at and more willing to do than Dames thinks we are--humanities professionals in the academy need to understand that we are becoming victims of the same economic forces that are affecting other professionals and working people throughout our society and around the world. "
humanities  crisis  academic  employment  neoliberalism 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Broken Power Lines : Interview with Wendy Brown
"That is an interesting question because it assumes that neoliberalism produces despair. I wish it did but I am not convinced that it does. I think that the process that some of us have called neoliberalization actually seizes on something that is just a little to one side of despair that I might call something like a quotidian nihilism. By quotidian, I mean it is a nihilism that is not lived as despair
neoliberalism  power  politics  tea-party  ideology  political-science  globalization  despair  emotion 
april 2011 by tsuomela
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