Neoliberalism Appropriates Egalitarianism
One of the greatest parts of McGuigan’s book is a discussion of how the idea that public provisions should not be extended to everybody actually does the dirty work of neoliberalism.
Remember how Bernie was demolished for suggesting free college for everybody? And a bunch of idjits started clamoring that he was trying to make taxpayers pay for billionaire kids attending community college?
And remember how Canada’s Justin Trudeau is eliminating childcare provisions for the well-to-do?
They mask behind egalitarian rhetoric while taking a very tried and true step in the direction of dismantling welfare. The idjits and Trudeau are creating (or reinforcing) a structure of feeling where means-testing reigns supreme. The next step is to wield the means-testing in a way that will cut off almost everybody and voila! No more welfare for anybody.
It’s insidious as shit because the rhetoric of fairness is appropriated to serve neoliberal ends. Yes, we have bravely resisted Bernie’s insidious plan to pay for community college for Trump’s grandkids. Yippee for us.