Imagine Professor Muller as the central character in Granville’s Juggler of Universes, but instead of planets he juggles the leaden cliches of Neo-Liberalism, reinforced by the Social Darwinism of the Present, known as Sociology. Now the Sociology of the Present reifies pre-given assumptions of the Politics of Now, while celebrating the values of an ‘objectivity’ in thrall to ideological fixity.
One might compare this exercise in Platonic Ideas to the high flown chatter that David Brooks produces twice a week at the New York Times. Yet Professor Muller outdistances the Conservative Sage of The Good Grey Times with a more inflated intellectual pretension and even less enlightenment.
Capitalism and Inequality, no! But Glory to our Capitalism, yes! As title for this little travelogue laced with quotes from Marx, Engels, and the redoubtable Political Romantic masquerading as Economist Friedrich Hayek. He ends his essay with a literary nod to Chernyshevsky and a long quote from ‘ the greatest American student and practitioner of political economy, Alexander Hamilton’.
The temptation to quote the ideas of Professor Muller has to be resisted,in sum his position could be described as being: I am the middle term between the waring left and right. But if the left and right are simply the factions of Neo-Liberalism, the contested political territory is utterly narrow. Again, Professor Muller offers the well worn cliches of a failed and failing Neo-Liberalism.