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Neoliberal Globalization

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Neoliberal Globalization: Is There an Alternative to Plundering the Earth?

The following is a preview of a chapter by Claudia von Werlhof in  ?The Global Economic Crisis: The Great Depression of the XXI Century.?

For a good twenty years now we have been told that there is no alternative to neoliberal globalization, and that, in fact, no such alternative is needed either. Over and over again, we have been confronted with the TINA-concept: ?There Is No Alternative!? The ?iron lady?, Margaret Thatcher, was one of those who reiterated this belief without end.

The TINA-concept prohibits all thought. It follows the rationale that there is no point in analyzing and discussing neoliberalism and so-called globalization because they are inevitable. Whether we condone what is happening or not does not matter, it is happening anyway. There is no point in trying to understand. Hence: Go with it! Kill or be killed!

Some go as far as suggesting that globalization ? meaning, an economic system which developed under specific social and historical conditions ? is nothing less but a law of nature. In turn, ?human nature? is supposedly reflected by the character of the system?s economic subjects: egotistical, ruthless, greedy and cold. This, we are told, works towards everyone?s benefit.

The question remains: why has Adam Smith?s ?invisible hand? become a ?visible fist??

 

What Is Neoliberalism?

The predecessor of the neoliberal model is the economic liberalism of the 18th and 19th centuries and its notion of ?free trade?. Goethe?s assessment at the time was: ?Free trade, piracy, war ? an inseparable three!?

 

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I hate how Neowin, a tech news site seems to have become a staging ground for people to attempt to push political diatribes.  Surely there are sites where such things can be argued with far better receptions?  I know it's now a "catch-all" site but if there were some way to not see this crap on the "New posts" thing it would be pretty awesome :(

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Moved to Real World Issues.

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I hate how Neowin, a tech news site 

 

Says someone who has shared a variety of personal matters on this forum board ;)

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Isn't Claudia von Werlhof the lady who claimed the US had a weapon which triggered the 2010 Haiti earthquake?

 

Yeah.. think I'll give her a miss. 

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Interesting....the second link takes you to the store.  Is this an advert for her book?  Certainly appears to be, as the article is an excerpt from her book actually, with plenty of "would you like to know more, buy the book reminders".   :no:

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