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Neoliberal democracy

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chomsky"Instead of citizens, it produces consumers. Instead of communities, it produces shopping malls. The net result is an atomized society of disengaged individuals who feel demoralized and socially powerless.

All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.

In sum, neoliberalism is the immediate and foremost enemy of genuine participatory democracy, not just in the United States but across the planet, and will be for the foreseeable future.

Education is a system of imposed ignorance. The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.

The whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don't know how to be submissive, and so on -- because they're dysfunctional to the institutions.

The more you can increase fear of drugs, crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all of the people.

That's the whole point of good propaganda. You want to create a slogan that nobody's going to be against, and everybody's going to be for.

Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s really an easy way: Stop participating in it.

I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom.

It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and expose lies. I was never aware of any other option but to question everything.”

~ Noam Chomsky republished from facebook

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3 comments to Neoliberal democracy

  • Hi, the greater the failure, the more extreme this ideology becomes. Governments use neoliberal crises as both excuse and opportunity to cut taxes, privatise remaining public services, rip holes in the social safety net, deregulate corporations and re-regulate citizens. The self-hating state now sinks its teeth into every organ of the public sector.

  • Drew

    Neoliberalism is a failure and refers primarily to the 20th century resurgence of 19th century ideas associated with laissez-faire economic liberalism. These include extensive economic liberalization policies such as privatization, fiscal austerity, deregulation, free trade, and reductions in government spending in order to enhance the role of the private sector in the economy. The implementation of neoliberal policies and the acceptance of neoliberal economic theories in the 1970s are seen by some academics as the root of financialization, with the financial crisis of 2007–08 as one of the ultimate results

  • Robbie Heywood

    You’re so right and neoliberalism has taken the worlds economy beyond any possible chance of recovery

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