The ghost in the machine? “Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems”

From Lynn Sherwood – “This insightful article in The Guardian delineates how we are so  immersed in a neoliberal paradigm of society that we no longer question the assumptions it is based on. Every aspect of daily life is permeated with neoliberal concepts of competition, consumerism and “the market” which no longer work.  Only through  conscious awareness of these assumptions can we begin to generate a coherent alternative which can meet all our needs.”  Perhaps a basic guaranteed income is a start. “

Imagine if the people of the Soviet Union had never heard of communism. The ideology that dominates our lives has, for most of us, no name. Mention it in conversation and you’ll be rewarded with a shrug. Even if your listeners have heard the term before, they will struggle to define it. Neoliberalism: do you know what it is?

Its anonymity is both a symptom and cause of its power. It has played a major role in a remarkable variety of crises: the financial meltdown of 2007‑8, the offshoring of wealth and power, of which the Panama Papers offer us merely a glimpse, the slow collapse of public health and education, resurgent child poverty, the epidemic of loneliness, the collapse of ecosystems, the rise of Donald Trump. But we respond to these crises as if they emerge in isolation, apparently unaware that they have all been either catalysed or exacerbated by the same coherent philosophy; a philosophy that has – or had – a name. What greater power can there be than to operate namelessly? …

see the article https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/15/neoliberalism-ideology-problem-george-monbiot?CMP=share_btn_link

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