Reading through Mr. Lloyd’s essay, laden with self-apologetics for an utterly failed Neo-Liberal Utopianism, eight years and counting since the 2008 Economic Collapse, or just call it by it’s actual name a Depression: Mr. Lloyd’s calls for a political understanding of those ‘left-behinders’ and their quandaries rings absolutely hollow, although it makes for an unusual headline in a newspaper, that has made a defense of Robber Capital, in all it’s iterations, since the rise of Thatcher and Reagan.
The body of the essay is devoted to a resume of The Rebellion Against The Elites i.e. the rise of the Populist Menace, with the usual cast of the enemies of the technocrats, whose faith in the ‘Free Market’ brought Western economies to the dismal political present. How inconvenient to the the notion of ‘understanding’ of those misguided ‘left-behinders’, who have birthed the political monstrosities of Trump, Marine Le Pen and Jeremy Corbyn etc.! The last paragraph is instructive of the ‘politics of freedom’, perhaps we as critical readers can interpret that ‘politics of freedom’, in the Western democracies, as the rise of the newest utopianism of the Corporatism of the TPP and TTIP, offered by the same technocrats who proffered Neo-Liberalism as salvation?
This is a fearful time, with popular authoritarian leaders to Europe’s east probing for advantage. Liberals of left or right cannot emulate the populists but their leaders have no choice but to work harder at shaping a politics of freedom that does not feel like in-difference to left-behinders on the part of out-in-fronters.