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Write the definitive book about it, and let us know when it is published.

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4 hours ago, RollingJ said:

Write the definitive book about it, and let us know when it is published.

Better people than me have already written loads of books about it.

 

Try these:

'Neoliberalism. A very short History' by Manfred B Steger

'The Social Costs of Neoliberalism' by Sebastian Berger

'A brief History of Neoliberalism' by David Harvey

                                                                                       And there's plenty more....

 

But you won't will you...?

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25 minutes ago, Anna B said:

Better people than me have already written loads of books about it.

 

 

But it's been pointed out to you that the definitions and understanding of what "neoliberalism" is are not consistent between people who use the word.

 

Which is also why a lot of people think it's used as a political slur and basically meaningless.

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11 hours ago, Anna B said:

It's true that neoliberalism can't be explained in a quick soundbite unfortunately, which is all some people have the concentration span to deal with when it comes to politics. But it's very real and it's complicated, which is probably why this thread is now 23 pages long. And ultimately it will destroy democracy and probably the world. So it's well worth knowing about, and spending some time trying to understand it. You ignore it at your peril.

Me bold.

 

The thread maybe 23 pages long but it seems mainly be a rebuttal of your original post. What is needed is a concise definition of Neoliberalism as even the books you suggest can't say what it is only give and idea of when it supposedly started and what they think is a history of it. Writing about it is also a good way to make money as it has become a popular misused term and sells books.  Like others here have said it seems to be used mainly as a pejorative by those who also don't understand what it is.

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"Neoliberalism (or neo-liberalism) is a term used to describe the 20th-century resurgence of 19th-century ideas associated with economic liberalism and free-market capitalism."

 

Basically a throwback to 19th-century laissez-faire, and all the horrors that implies.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoliberalism

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Thankyou Captain Swing, saved me a job there. I've linked to many articles etc, but people don't bother reading them, they'd rather nit pick and argue without the knowledge to do so. I tried to explain it to the best of my ability in my first post,  and subsequently, so there doesn't seem to be much point in repeating myself.

 

  The topic is huge and there are so many aspects to it. It impinges on so many areas of life, politics, global politics, trade, wars, democracy, environmental issues, Coronavirus, climate change, wealth discrepancies, you name it. In fact you only need to look around at the state the world is in to see it before your eyes. But it all links to those at the top, and the power of the Corporations, whose greed knows no bounds thanks to our lack of regulations and inability to tax them properly. The game is rigged so there's no stopping them until it's too late and people wise up, but that isn't going to happen while the powers that be, control the press and media. That's the hold our world leaders and the people who pull their strings have on the population. 

 

It's going to be hard to change things, and the longer we leave it the harder it will become. 

 

There are quite a few videos on Youtube which explain it too for those who find reading too taxing. I've linked to those in the past too, but I'll link the 3 minute one again. Maybe people who are interested can spare 3 minutes. It raises questions, let's hope they'll do their own research this time.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, Anna B said:

It's going to be hard to change things, and the longer we leave it the harder it will become. 

OK, so what exactly would you like to change? given that the majority of people are happy with the way it is.

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9 hours ago, Anna B said:

...people don't bother reading them, they'd rather nit pick and argue without the knowledge to do so. I tried to explain it to the best of my ability in my first post,  and subsequently, so there doesn't seem to be much point in repeating myself.

 

There are quite a few videos on Youtube which explain it too for those who find reading too taxing. 

 

You will never win this argument by assuming only you understand the subject.  

 

And you are just repeating yourself.  That’s why the thread is 24 pages long.  Restating something that no-one took seriously from page 1 won’t make it any truer on page 24.

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4 hours ago, apelike said:

OK, so what exactly would you like to change? given that the majority of people are happy with the way it is.

Destroy the shadowy underworld that controls all the world’s media and pull the strings of world leaders.

 

You know, like in conspiracy theories and certain canards.

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I think any political philosophy, whether it be Conservatism, Socialism, Social Democracy, or Liberalism invites a debate because they are constantly being updated - both in their theory and practice.  In that way each defy a single easy to digest soundbite.

There are probably key features of each, and as Anna has helpfully pointed out, there are lots of resources on the internet available for those who wish to understand what's happening in the modern world.

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13 hours ago, apelike said:

OK, so what exactly would you like to change? given that the majority of people are happy with the way it is.

Very similar to what was said to that minority who opposed slavery in the US back in the past.

 

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Concerning the argument that neoliberalism is ill-defined or hard to define or that there is disagreement about exactly what it is- the exact same kind be said of pretty much any political or economic system.

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