Individuals #11

Actually, the story about Mayor DiBlasio in one of the previous posts is a great example of the individualist ideology I’ve been discussing here. He proceeds in accordance of his deeply individualistic view of human beings. He sees humans as completely identical and ahistorical objects on a shelf. If anything goes wrong, they simply need … Continue reading “Individuals #11”

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Individuals #10

Unlike classical liberals or neoliberals, progressive liberals don’t openly support the truly stratospheric inequality of modern times. To the contrary, opposing the inequality is a large part of their platform. Curiously, they achieve a whole lot in every area that matters to them but this one. Inequality grows. The reason why they are so unsuccessful … Continue reading “Individuals #10”

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Individuals #4

Conservatives keep blabbering about family values and smaller communities. But all they really ever advance is economic deregulation, globalization of the economy, and crushing inequality. Dog eat dog, everybody is out for their own self-interest. As for the progressive achievements, they have all happened strictly in the area of personal sexual autonomy. There is a … Continue reading “Individuals #4”

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Individuals #3

The theory I’m talking about is, of course, liberalism. It can take all kinds of forms. There is neoliberalism which concentrates on the economic freedom that individuals supposedly will deeply benefit from when supposedly left to interact freely with supposedly free markets. It never quite works out this way but in theory it should. Practitioners … Continue reading “Individuals #3”

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Individuals #2

The fashioning of the individual consciousness that perceives itself as unique and separate from others, from nature, and from any pre-existing order is the great project of modernity. For that project, the word “freedom” is key. The alienation of the individual from everything and everything is posited as liberation. Now that individuals are no longer … Continue reading “Individuals #2”

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How Capital Wins, Part 3

Let’s take another example. We keep hearing about identity politics a lot. But today’s identity politics is deeply neoliberal in nature. It changed dramatically as the neoliberalism conquered our minds, and we still talk about it like it’s the same kind of identity politics that existed in the 1970s and was actually a wonderful and … Continue reading “How Capital Wins, Part 3”

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More on Wendy Brown’s Walled States, Waning Sovereignty

There is no political order or rule of law without an enclosure. A political entity needs to have boundaries. This is why all discussions of “global citizenship or democracy without borders” are silly claptrap. There can be no polity and no political subjects without borders. All that can exist in a borderless world is alienated, … Continue reading “More on Wendy Brown’s Walled States, Waning Sovereignty”

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