Anti-Capitalist Chronicles: How Do We Break from Neo-Liberalism?

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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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  • Edward Dodson
    commented 2021-12-23 18:07:07 -0500
    Anyone who has studied economic history should reach an understanding that the two common characteristics of every society are the eventual development of hierarchy and of the redistribution of wealth from producers to nonproducers. Neoliberalism and Postmodernism are merely the latest manifestations of these long-standing experiences. Social democracy, democratic socialism, the labor union movement, citizen literacy and longer years of formal education all served to mitigate but not solve the two problems I describe.

    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.

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