Tag Archives: neoliberalism

Socialism and Social Relations

I’ve been thinking about grocery shopping experiences lately, especially how they’ve changed in Poland since the communist period. I only spent a couple of months in the People’s Republic (and in a privileged position of a foreigner at that). I … Continue reading

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Resisting Realignment

According the traditional model, only the opposition party can introduce realignment. In the US the New Deal paradigm was introduced by the Democrats and followed by both parties so that even Republican presidents governed like moderate social democrats focusing on … Continue reading

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When Brexit Gangs Aft Agley

The fact that the question “Do you want to belong to the European Union?” was even put to voters is evidence of the vast chasm between the British political class and the public. The government, completely unable to identify with … Continue reading

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Democrats against Dignity

I remember back in 2016 at some point I found Chris Arnade’s twitter feed and that’s one of the things that made me think Trump had a chance of winning the election no matter how sure the media establishment was … Continue reading

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Amorphous Aphorisms

Conservatives long for a past that never existed. Liberals long for a future that will never arrive. Neoliberals reimagine the past and throw away the future to feel better right! this! minute!  

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And counting….

Not too terribly long ago I was talking with a French colleague and they mentioned ‘the revolution of 1848’. “Huh?” I helpfully replied. They went on to explain that it drives them crazy when people talk about ‘The French Revolution’ … Continue reading

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Tuck You, Mother Tucker!

For a long time I’d heard of Tucker Carlson but had little idea who he was beyond a Fox commentator with a face for radio. Then I began seeing references to him in terms of the emerging national populist movement … Continue reading

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The Currency of Politics

(nb a little rambling and describing a phenomenon does not mean I completely support it) Across many countries, the old neoliberal order is beginning to lose large swatch of electoral support with its representatives either winning elections and then promptly … Continue reading

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People Do Things For Unexplained Reasons

The strike by Ryanair cabin crews is big news in Europe but it’s a sign of the times that it’s very hard to find information on why they are striking. There are bland references to pay here and there but … Continue reading

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The Future: More Alienation or New Self-Defeat and Disappointment

No political paradigm lasts forever (the lifespan seems to be 40 years give or take a little) and Neoliberalism has worn out its welcome. Looking at elections in the US and Europe the trend is pretty clear. Voters are sick … Continue reading

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