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Neoliberalism emptied the world: On free markets, traditional morality and nothing else.

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Neoliberalism needs to be understood not just as a set of economic policies - not just a particular way of deregulating markets or letting loose free enterprise or getting rid of progressive taxes or stripping out the welfare state - all those things are true. But it also needs to be understood as a form of reason that governs us even when there's no tyrant holding over our heads a particular set of threats or a particular set of instruments.

Theorist Wendy Brown examines the anti-democratic logic at the heart of neoliberalism - after a 40-year ruling class project to empty society of all forces but the free market and traditional morality, a libertarian ethno-nationalism regime maintains uses crumbling traditional heirarchies to maintain discipline over a fractured population.

Wend is author of In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Antidemocratic Politics in the West from Columbia University Press.

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Wendy Brown

Wendy Brown is an author and the Class of 1936 First Chair at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches political theory.

 

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