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Neoliberalism's Demons: On the Political Theology of Late Capital

Adam Kotsko
Format
Book
Published
Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2018]
Language
English
ISBN
9781503604810, 1503604810, 9781503607125, 1503607127, 9781503607132
Summary
By both its supporters and detractors, neoliberalism is usually considered an economic policy agenda. Neoliberalism's Demons argues that it is much more than that: a complete worldview, neoliberalism presents the competitive marketplace as the model for true human flourishing. And it has enjoyed great success: from the struggle for "global competitiveness" on the world stage down to our individual practices of self-branding and social networking, neoliberalism has transformed every aspect of our shared social life. This book explores the sources of neoliberalism's remarkable success and the roots of its current decline. Neoliberalism's appeal is its promise of freedom in the form of unfettered free choice. But that freedom is a trap: we have just enough freedom to be accountable for our failings, but not enough to create genuine change. If we choose rightly, we ratify our own exploitation. And if we choose wrongly, we are consigned to the outer darkness -- and then demonized as the cause of social ills. By tracing the political and theological roots of the neoliberal concept of freedom, Adam Kotsko offers a fresh perspective, one that emphasizes the dynamics of race, gender, and sexuality. More than that, he accounts for the rise of right-wing populism, arguing that, far from breaking with the neoliberal model, it actually doubles down on neoliberalism's most destructive features.
Contents
  • The political theology of late capital
  • The political and the economic
  • Neoliberalism's demons
  • This present darkness
  • Conclusion: After neoliberalism.
Description
viii, 165 pages ; 23 cm
Notes
  • Sequel to The Prince of This World.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
Technical Details
  • Access in Virgo Classic

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