[S3 E27] New
In this final episode of Season 3, Prof. Harvey talks about the history of Neo-Liberalism and how it relates to post-modernism. Trump's imposition of what is the truth, with his notion of alternative facts, is in many ways, a triumph of post-modernity. Harvey underscores the importance of exposing the activities of the ruling class, who are really behind Neo-liberal ideas and policies and conveniently remain dissociated from them in a concerted effort to protect their wealth and power.
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I have been teaching history and political economy to adults for over forty years. My students are not seeking academic credentials; hopefully, they come seeking new insight and understanding. What I try to get them to think about is what is the just balance between rights to property and human rights. The most difficult issue to address in these discussions is what is and what is not legitimate private property. The claim to nature as private property is not new to neoliberalism, but these claims have year by year become more entrenched and substantiated under by system of socio-political arrangements and institutions. Governments, on behalf of domestic corporate interests, claim sovereign control over more and more of the oceans and the seabeds. Next on the list will be Moon and Mars.