A gigantic blind spot of about 99% of academics, thinkers, and theorists is their incapacity to see that leftism has been completely absorbed by neoliberalism. There is no leftism, absolutely none at all, that doesn’t aggressively battle on the side of neoliberalism.
Their mistake comes from a very primitive way of thinking. They have memorized that “the Left = good” and “neoliberalism = bad.”. So the two have to be on opposite sides. All evidence to the contrary – which is pretty much all evidence, period – is dismissed.
There are some rare exceptions – Patrick Deneen, for instance – but they are rare.
Another funny thing is how people use “neoliberal” as a stand in for “anything that I vaguely dislike.” Academics, for instance, are seriously arguing that opposing the transformation of colleges into online diploma mills is “neoliberal.” They want to stay at home and not to have to go to work – which is totally understandable – but that doesn’t sound too noble. Instead they declare that they will proudly veg out on the sofa as a hugely subversive act of their anti-neoliberal struggle.