NAOMI KLEIN AND THE RISE OF NEOLIBERALISM…

September 28th, 2015

The Heritage Foundation is hawking reports, as are the Cato Institute and the Ayn Rand Institute. The climate denial movement—far from an organic convergence of skeptical scientists—is entirely a creature of the ideological network on display here, the very one that deserves the bulk of credit for redrawing the global ideological map over the last four decades. p. 38

Many of these institutions were created in the late. 1960s and early 1970s, when U.S. business elites feared that public opinion was turning dangerously against capitalism and toward, if not socialism, then an aggressive Keynesianism. In response, they launched a counterrevolution, a richly funded intellectual movement that argued that greed and the limited pursuit of profit was nothing to apologize for and offered the greatest hope for human emancipation that the world had ever known. Under this liberationist banner, they fought for such policies as tax cuts, free trade deals, for the auctioning off of core state assets from phones to energy to water—the package known in most of the world as neoliberalism. p. 38-9

From This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein

Previously…

Found in my electronic chapbook.

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