@socialeurope & Colin Crouch confect a retrograde defense of Neo-Liberalism, presented as an ‘evaluation’. Almost Marx wonders!

 

Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.

Perry Anderson

https://www.lrb.co.uk/v15/n20/perry-anderson/diary


Never fear the Social Europe Think Tank ,and its minion Colin Crouch, defends the tattered remains of  Neo-Liberalism, presented as a set of arguments for and against, yet there is this glaring apologetic :

 

…Colin Crouch recognises some of its positive contributions but also notes conflicts within the neoliberal camp – particularly those between ‘market’ and ‘corporate’ forms of the strategy. Finally, he considers to what extent those behind the great experiment are now capable of accepting its reform.

https://www.socialeurope.eu/book/can-neoliberalism-saved

CanNeoLiberalismBeSavedfromItselfCCrouchSocialEuropeOct102017

The Great Experiment ? that was, and is, an economic/political catastrophe. Here is a chart from ‘The Paper of Record’, the New York Times, titled ‘Our Broken Economy’ by

InequalityinAmericaDLionheartNYTOct102017

Neo-Liberalism was/is, in equal measure, a frontal assault on the republican tradition of over two thousand years of the history of the evolution of  Western Political Institutions:

The MachivellianMomentOct102017

https://press.princeton.edu/titles/10861.html

There is also Wendy Brown’s essential critique of the utterly pernicious Market Mythology, titled Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution:

UndoingThe DemosWendyBrownOct102017MITPress

https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/undoing-demos

Here is a collection of essays, that is an unsparing inquiry into the thought/propaganda of one of the intellectual culprits that led the way to that catastrophe:

HayekGoodBadUglyOct102017

http://www.criticalreview.com/crf/current_issue25_34.html

The engaged and curious reader should also consult R.A. ‘s surprisingly balanced review of Piketty’s ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’ at The Economist web site . The first part of this very valuable contribution to the debate on inequality begins here:

ReadingCapitalEconomistRAReviewPiketty

https://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2014/02/book-clubs

Almost Marx

 

 

 

 

 

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