Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems
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 you’ll 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. So pervasive has neoliberalism become that we seldom even recognise it as an ideology. Neoliberalism sees competition as the defining characteristic of human relations. Attempts to limit competition are treated as inimical to liberty. We internalise and reproduce its creeds. Never mind structural unemployment: if you don’t have a job it’s because you are unenterprising. Among the results, as Paul Verhaeghe documents in his book What About Me? The term neoliberalism was coined at a meeting in Paris in 1938. As it evolved, neoliberalism became more strident. Like communism, neoliberalism is the God that failed.
• Capitalism in Question
• Radar 2016 Feb-Mar-April