The destroyers of the world
It's a popular opinion that we live in free and fair democratic societies where human rights apply, and that every individual has rights and freedoms according to their class. All those rights and freedoms are decided by the individual, and providing they don't cause harm to anyone that matters, almost anything is permissible.
At an individual level, rights and freedoms are limited by laws and social conventions, but at a governmental or corporate level, things are very different. As a society we have fair degree of tolerance towards small-time bludgers and scam artists who if they are caught may suffer a loss of assets and sometimes prison time.
At a governmental and corporate level, entire communities can be dispossessed or evicted by some petty bureaucrat. This happens all over the world and is a factor in today's refugee crisis. This is also a major factor in our increasing social inequity which gives rise to unnecessary suffering.
The neoliberal attitude is that it's fair to get away with what you can by following certain rules of fair play, and by adherence to civil and human rights. However in practice, social environments have become such that in order to survive, one must play the game on a very uneven playing field.
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The neoliberal attitude is that it's okay for people to be gay and create laws that preserve their rights to be gay, but there is no rule and it's quite okay to dispossess individuals so that they die of homelessness. This new liberalism has evolved into a broad range of social and governmental policies enshrining the rights of people to be "different" from each other and rights to life for the unborn.
Yet under neoliberalism there is no right to life for those who have been born because neoliberal policies work to accumulate power and wealth in the hands of the few; this is the nature of capitalism that neoliberalism ultimately serves.
The game is really about the acquisition of power and material possession. This game has resulted in the earth becoming owned by the rich and the poor being forced onto the streets because there is nowhere else to go althoughin principle within democracy it is possible for the street sweeper to become a prime minister as it is possible for a highflying business executive to lose everything and become a street sweeper.
In the recent US elections we have already seen the exposed face of neoliberalism that is also a face of Islam. The neoliberal attitude is that they are right and what other people are permitted to entertain different opinions, only the neoliberal's are entitled to have their way. So in effect neoliberalism has become fascism.
The modern face of neoliberalism has been refined by what is referred to as the Chicago School and its manifestation justifying might as right within US exceptionalism and the US justifying its right to replace democratically elected governments with its own fascist dictators or the summary execution of Saddam Hussein and Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi.
The term neoliberalism gained popularity largely among left leaning academics in the 1970s "to describe and decry a late twentieth-century effort by policy makers, think-tank experts, and industrialists to condemn social-democratic reforms and unapologetically implement free-market policies. Neoliberal theory argues that a free market will allow efficiency, economic growth, income distribution, and technological progress to occur. Any state intervention to encourage these phenomena will worsen economic performance.
Neoliberalism has woven its key tenets of choice, freedom, responsibility, individualisation into the fabric of society. It's mechanisms of quasi-markets, outsourced provision, payment-by-results has been institutionalised in all modern welfare states across the world.
This ‘governmentalisation of government’ (Dean, 2002) – the reflexive and strategic enfolding of governmental ends into its very practices – can be understood both as an inevitable step in liberal government’s perennial fear of governing too much and as an alternative instrument to discipline subjects’ behaviours alongside direct paternalistic interventions (Dean, 2002: 50).
As Soss et al. (2011: 3) describe, the neoliberalisation of welfare systems reflects the expansion and intensification of the market logic “as an organizing principle for all social relations” (Soss et al., 2009: 2) as well as to “the state as an instrument for constructing market opportunities, absorbing market costs, and imposing market discipline” (Soss et al., 2011: 3).
In doing so, and quite unlike the view of markets as ‘natural’ spheres in classical liberal economics, neoliberal arrangements of welfare systems recognise the artificiality and fragility of markets and the need to constantly create, advance and protect market mechanisms and ideologies. As such, neoliberalism leads to more rather than less state involvement and intervention – a rollup and roll-out of the state rather than any roll-back (Brown, 2003; Schram et al., 2010).
The force most responsible for creating the nightmare in which some of us now find ourselves wide awake and horrified by is neoliberalism. Under neoliberal policies of deregulation, privatisation, austerity and corporate trade/theft, even the living standards of neoliberals have declined precipitously. They have lost jobs. They have lost pensions. They have lost much of the safety net that used to make these losses less frightening. They see a future for their kids even worse than their precarious present.
At the same time, they have witnessed the rise of the Davos class, a hyper-connected network of banking and tech billionaires, elected leaders who are awfully cosy with those interests, and Hollywood celebrities who make the whole thing seem unbearably glamorous. Success is a party to which they were not invited, and they know in their hearts that this rising wealth and power is somehow directly connected to their growing debts and powerlessness.
Yet neoliberals despite seeing the world falling apart around them are vehemently attached to their beliefs and that they are right no matter how stupid they look because they are destroying the nature that sustains life. Within that there are many factions and pressure groups trying to save the whales, ban abortions and have pity on the homeless as they continue to drive economic and social policies that create suffering.
Here we see the justification of the protesters against Donald Trump and even the Google search engine actively blacklisting pro Trump websites like naturalnews.com. All these protests are not about fairness, not about justice, not about following the ideals of democracy, they are following the principles of fascism which means they are right and everyone else is wrong. But more to it than that those who object are wrong and must be silenced.
This neoliberal movement is not only occurring in the USA, it is destroying life and the means of life including environmental ecosystems and human populations across the world. This idea of minority rights that they push is fuelling the spread of Islam and fascist rule in all countries. Adolf Hitler was seen as a fascist and there is and as Andrew Bolt sys in te video above, all those neoliberals complaining that they are not getting their own way need to document these fascists and they can do that by taking a selfie.
Capitalism has never been reformed ‘peacefully’.
Reform movements which have formally disavowed violent means - from the Civil Rights movement in 1960s America, to Attlee’s Labour government in 1940s Britain - have only been historically successful because mass, organised, revolutionary movements of the politically disenfranchised outside of the formal reform movement have forced those benefiting from the status quo to cede concessions to non-violent, often middle-class, reformist leaders. Malcolm X, the Socialist Party of the USA and the Communist Party forced the American elite to come to the table with Dr. King; the syndicalist and communist trade unions in post-War Britain made opposition to Attlee’s NHS and limited nationalisations foolhardy.
Those who preach non-violence as a strategy rather than as a flexible tactic fatally mistake capitalism for a rational, logical system which plays by its own rules and respects human life.
I’m desperate for someone who believes fundamentally in the virtue of the neoliberal multiculti nexus to explain to me how young white men are going to line up at Army Reserve centres in their hundreds of thousands to die for a system that at best, considers them a replaceable asset, and at worst, actively holds them in contempt.
Whitworth A (2016) Neoliberal paternalism and paradoxical subjects: Confusion and contradiction in UK activation policy. Critical Social Policy 36(4): 3