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Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us

Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us
We tend to perceive our identities as stable and largely separate from outside forces. But over decades of research and therapeutic practice, I have become convinced that economic change is having a profound effect not only on our values but also on our personalities. Thirty years of neoliberalism, free-market forces and privatisation have taken their toll, as relentless pressure to achieve has become normative. There are certain ideal characteristics needed to make a career today. It’s important to be able to talk up your own capacities as much as you can – you know a lot of people, you’ve got plenty of experience under your belt and you recently completed a major project. On top of all this, you are flexible and impulsive, always on the lookout for new stimuli and challenges. This description is, of course, a caricature taken to extremes. Bullying used to be confined to schools; now it is a common feature of the workplace. Related:  Red-Hot"Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated." So what?Capitalismo, liberalismo, neoliberismo, neoconservatorismo

Wage slavery Wage slavery refers to a situation where a person's livelihood depends on wages or a salary, especially when the dependence is total and immediate.[1][2] It is a pejorative term used to draw an analogy between slavery and wage labor by focusing on similarities between owning and renting a person. Similarities between wage labor and slavery were noted as early as Cicero in Ancient Rome.[11] With the advent of the industrial revolution, thinkers such as Proudhon and Marx elaborated the comparison between wage labor and slavery in the context of a critique of societal property not intended for active personal use,[12][13] while Luddites emphasized the dehumanization brought about by machines. Treatment in various economic systems[edit] Adam Smith noted that employers often conspire together to keep wages low:[24] Capitalism[edit] and secondarily on: Communism[edit] Both American and Russian media described the USSR as a communist or socialist society. Fascism[edit] Psychological control[edit]

Sick of this market-driven world? You should be | George Monbiot To be at peace with a troubled world: this is not a reasonable aim. It can be achieved only through a disavowal of what surrounds you. To be at peace with yourself within a troubled world: that, by contrast, is an honourable aspiration. This column is for those who feel at odds with life. It calls on you not to be ashamed. I was prompted to write it by a remarkable book, just published in English, by a Belgian professor of psychoanalysis, Paul Verhaeghe. We are social animals, Verhaeghe argues, and our identities are shaped by the norms and values we absorb from other people. Today the dominant narrative is that of market fundamentalism, widely known in Europe as neoliberalism. Verhaeghe points out that neoliberalism draws on the ancient Greek idea that our ethics are innate (and governed by a state of nature it calls the market) and on the Christian idea that humankind is inherently selfish and acquisitive. At the heart of this story is the notion of merit.

A beginner's guide to the Redpill Right The gnostic paradox of young, tech-savvy traditionalists, who see through everything except their own conspiracy theories They want you to lift the veil pulled over your eyes by the progressives who secretly control society. Like Neo escaping the Matrix, your choice is to wake up and see how the world really is, discarding religion, subjectivity, and feminist indoctrination. Conspiracy theorists, Men’s Rights Activists, Pick-Up Artists, GamerGate, even the Neoreaction: all of these communities share a common creed, tech-fluent and superficially self-aware. To outsiders, it's distinctly conservative. But they don’t see themselves as conservatives at all. Welcome to the Red Pill worldview, where the entire world is a game and the people who are winning are the best players. They've yet to assume a formal name, remaining a loose confederation of overlapping reactionary movements resistant to (though exploited by) their would-be leaders. This leads, of course, to pervasive bigotry. Meads v.

You Already Have the Life You Want Here’s an idea: you already have the life you’ve always wanted. In fact, you’ve always had it. Confusing, I know. See what I mean? Simply put, whatever it is you actually want out of life is what you’re actually getting from it. So how do we bridge that gap? Focus on one thing.

Der Mythos der freien Presse Warum die Mainstreammedien “Mainstream” sind Foto: jeanbaptisteparis / Flickr / CC Der hier vorgestellte Artikel datiert bereits aus dem Jahr 1997 (Originaltitel: What Makes Mainstream Media Mainstream), und war ursprünglich ein Vortrag, den Noam Chomsky im Juli des betreffenden Jahres im Z Media Institute hielt. Von Noam Chomsky Ich schreibe unter anderem deshalb über die Medien, weil ich mich für das intellektuelle Klima insgesamt interessiere und weil die Medien der Bestandteil dieses Klimas sind, der am leichtesten zu untersuchen ist. Meines Erachtens besteht zwischen der Analyse der Medien und der des Wissenschaftsbetriebs oder der Intellektuellenzeitschriften kein großer Unterschied – man muß einige zusätzliche Mechanismen berücksichtigen, aber davon abgesehen besteht kein radikaler Unterschied. Wenn man die Medien oder eine beliebige Institution verstehen will, stellt man sich zunächst einmal Fragen nach ihrer inneren Struktur. Was finden wir dabei heraus?

Linke Lafontaine, Varoufakis und Melenchon wollen mit Europa brechen und einen Plan B für ein anderes Europa | Internetz-Zeitung Am 13. Juli wurde die demokratisch gewählte griechische Regierung von Alexis Tsipras durch die Europäische Union in die Knie gezwungen. Die „Einigung“ vom 13. Juli ist ein Staatsstreich. Sie wurde dadurch erreicht, dass die Europäische Zentralbank die Schließung der griechischen Banken erzwang und drohte, diese nicht wieder öffnen zu lassen, bis die griechische Regierung eine neue Version eines gescheiterten Programms akzeptiert. Durch mehr Austerität, zusätzlichen Ausverkauf öffentlichen Eigentums, größerer Irrationalität im Bereich der Wirtschaftspolitik als je zuvor, und massiver Menschenverachtung im Bereich der Sozialpolitik, wird das neue Memorandum nur dazu dienen, Griechenlands große Depression zu verschlimmern und Griechenlands Reichtum nicht-griechischen und griechischen Oligarchen zur Beute zu machen. Aus diesem Finanz-Staatsstreich müssen wir unsere Lehren ziehen. Wir sind entschlossen mit diesem „Europa“ zu brechen. Kein europäisches Land kann sich in Isolation befreien.

The link between capitalism and racism | REDFLAG We live in an age of racism. In Australia, the federal and Western Australian governments’ attempt to drive Aboriginal people in remote communities from their land is only the latest episode in the war on Indigenous people. In the United States, there is an epidemic of police slayings of predominantly Black young men. In Europe, fascist and far-right parties have gained ground, attacks on the Roma people continue and anti-Muslim racism against refugees and migrants is extreme. It’s clear that this is a global problem. How did we get to this and how do we change it? Capitalism and slavery Nineteenth century revolutionaries Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels described the realities of British industrialisation: child labour, the horrors of the mines and the mills, and the lives lost to the appalling working and living conditions of the time. “The veiled slavery of the wage-labourers in Europe needed the unqualified slavery of the New World as its pedestal”, wrote Marx in Capital. Racism

Laura Marling: 'Americans – they're just a lot more poetic' | Music | The Observer Three or four times a week Laura Marling strolls from her home in Silver Lake, Los Angeles to the adjacent neighbourhood of Los Feliz; a two-mile walk along Sunset Boulevard. On the way the British musician, who will soon release her fourth album, passes a mural that's famous for its appearance on the cover of an old Elliott Smith record. Otherwise this is an unlovely stretch, remarkable for its tremor-ruined pavement, its epic waits at traffic lights. "We're more than halfway," the 23-year-old promises. Every so often her blond hair and the shawl she's wrapped up in flutter about in the wake of a hurtling truck. Marling thinks she might be the only person in all of Los Angeles to make this walk routinely, voluntarily. Reading this on mobile? The new album, Once I Was an Eagle, is to my ears her best and most coherent to date, a 16-track, one-plot blockbuster in which Marling explores the settlements and compromises and (finally) rewards of new love. Maybe it prompts a resolution.