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A short history of Neoliberalism (and how we can fix it)

Hickel, Jason (2012) A short history of Neoliberalism (and how we can fix it). New Left Project (Jun 2012) Opinion Piece.

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Abstract

As a university lecturer I often find that my students take today’s dominant economic ideology – namely, neoliberalism – for granted as natural and inevitable. This is not surprising given that most of them were born in the early 1990s, for neoliberalism is all that they have known. In the 1980s, Margaret Thatcher had to convince people that there was “no alternative” to neoliberalism. But today this assumption comes ready-made; it’s in the water, part of the common-sense furniture of everyday life, and generally accepted as given by the Right and Left alike. It has not always been this way, however. Neoliberalism has a specific history, and knowing that history is an important antidote to its hegemony, for it shows that the present order is not natural or inevitable, but rather that it is new, that it came from somewhere, and that it was designed by particular people with particular interests.

Item Type: Website (Opinion Piece)
Official URL: http://www.newleftproject.org
Additional Information: © 2012 The Author
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Sets: Departments > Anthropology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2013 15:28
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/49070/

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