So, what do you think about Neoliberalism, Theaetetus?
Ultimately, I find neoliberalism to be threatening towards the future well being of the world. It is ultimately a justification for the world to favor and be run by nonliving persons--corporations. Neoliberalism is used to rationalize many of the crimes of humanity as mere consequences of in a battle against good and evil. Something is always an enemy, and the enemy is not necessarily that of the citizens, but rather that of the corporate entities that dominate the political landscape.
Neoliberalism is also a grave threat to democracy. Democracy becomes marginalized to the insignificant. Consumerism takes over the culture, and freedom becomes an act of choice through brand identification. Everything is a brand, and as entrenched brands, the worst case scenarios hardly make a dent in their ability to continue to function in the marketplace (e.g. British Petroleum and Halliburton after the oil gush began). As a result, liberty is marginalize in light of the sacredness of profit. With the profit as the ultimate inspiration and goal of a social structure, community and personal well being hardly matters to the powers that be.
Suppose what you say is true, what is the alternative? Would you embrace the type of system in western Europe?
Ultimately, I find neoliberalism to be threatening towards the future well being of the world.
What's the difference? There is not a major difference between the U.S., European, Australian, East Asian at the present time. They all practice shades of neoliberalism at the heart of their political society.
What ` s the difference? There are probable less economic inequality, and people probable pay less for healthcare in western europe. These are measurable statistics. If you are to convince someone that Neoliberalism is bad, don` t you think it would be nice to have a economic system that is good, and can be used as an example? If you can` t provide an example, fine. What is an alternative? what can be done to improvement our present system?
A new economic system is not needed, just one that limits neoliberal societies and politics. They are by their very nature bad for communities and individuals. A revaluation of economic and societal values is needed, but that in itself is a lofty goal. Much work can be done in order to improve our present system. To solve the problem, there may need to be some sort of bill of citizenship that grants people certain economic, social, and political liberties to citizens not afforded to corporate entities.
To solve the problem, there may need to be some sort of bill of citizenship that grants people certain economic, social, and political liberties to citizens not afforded to corporate entities.
I just do not know what people have against "markets" per se.
I don't like the idea of being controlled by increasingly large and powerful corporations, but what is the alternative?
It is easily apparent that small business cannot provide the same level of comfort and affordability we enjoy as a result of large corporations such as Wal-mart.
None of this is possible without the cooperation of the consumer.
We prefer cheap goods and services, placing our want's ahead of any thought of long term consequences.
I think the main problem here is government. As theaetus is saying, it is up to them to stand up to these giant corps and say enough is enough.
The standard of living in my country is greater than ever in recorded history.
You're sure about that?
As of 2006, the United States had one of the highest levels of income inequality, as measured through the Gini index, among high income countries, comparable to that of some middle income countries such as Russia or Turkey, being one of only few developed countries where inequality has increased since 1980.