Implanted

The greatest ideological manipulation of recent years consisted of implanting into people’s minds the idea that any opposition to neoliberalism is deeply racist.

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  1. I guess that with neoliberalism you are talking about constructing identity as consumers. Can you provide us with an example on that link between racism and opposition to neoliberalism?

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    1. But neoliberalism is a lot more than consumerism. The neoliberal worldview is based on the idea that there should be no barriers to the free movement of capital. Everything else stems from this.

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    1. Right. And there was a major freak out in left-ish online circles when that piece was published. They already didn’t like Nagle because of Kill All Normies, when this came she was basically condemned as an alt-right white nationalist Nazi.

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      1. “Open borders? No. That’s a Koch brothers proposal.””
        Everyone who advocates actively (Bryan Kaplan) or passively (by not advocating anything else… like the modern left) is explicitly advocating massive stratification and inequality – they just imagine they’ll be at the top of the pyramid instead of scrounging around at the bottom for part time cleaning gigs…
        I despise anyone who can’t articulate a border policy (that isn’t open borders) they are the enemy of civilization and human wellbeing.

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  2. I have been reading David Harvey’s book and want to ask whether you agree with his central thesis of neoliberalization’s major goal being a restoration of the power of economic elites (or the latter’s creation in the first place) rather than the proclaimed goal of the reorganization of international capitalism in the global age.

    You’ve posted quotes from famous economists talking about the need to decrease state power; it is hard to imagine they have been consciously thinking “we want to achieve the previous record high concentrations of wealth and power in the upper echelons of capitalism that have not been seen since the 1920s” (paraphrasing Harvey 119).

    Also, he defines a neoliberal state, but not neoliberalism as such.

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    1. That’s precisely why I don’t like Harvey. He’s not as scholarly as others, in my opinion, and too easily slips into facile political narratives. The book is still useful for basic definitions but the moment he starts providing an analysis, he loses me because it all sounds superficial.

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