2017-06-17 21:05:57 UTC
It's been said that generals are always fighting the last
war. That's not just true of generals, though, it's true of
everybody. We like to live in the past. As individuals we
don't adapt to change very well and by the time we do
understand change, it's already too late and chances are the
situation has already changed again.
"Neoliberalism the ideology at the root of all our
George Monbiot, Friday 15 April 2016 07.00 EDT
Imagine if the people of the Soviet Union had never heard of
communism. The ideology that dominates our lives has, for
most of us, no name. Mention it in conversation and youll
be rewarded with a shrug. Even if your listeners have heard
the term before, they will struggle to define it.
Neoliberalism: do you know what it is?
Its anonymity is both a symptom and cause of its power. It
has played a major role in a remarkable variety of crises:
the financial meltdown of 2007-8, the offshoring of wealth
and power, of which the Panama Papers offer us merely a
glimpse, the slow collapse of public health and education,
resurgent child poverty, the epidemic of loneliness, the
collapse of ecosystems, the rise of Donald Trump. But we
respond to these crises as if they emerge in isolation,
apparently unaware that they have all been either catalysed
or exacerbated by the same coherent philosophy; a philosophy
that has or had a name. What greater power can there be
than to operate namelessly?
So pervasive has neoliberalism become that we seldom even
recognise it as an ideology. We appear to accept the
proposition that this utopian, millenarian faith describes a
neutral force; a kind of biological law, like Darwins
theory of evolution. But the philosophy arose as a conscious
attempt to reshape human life and shift the locus of power.
. . ."