Henry A. Giroux: The Terror of Neoliberalism: Rethinking the Significance of Cultural Politics

Henry A. Giroux: The Terror of Neoliberalism: Rethinking the Significance of Cultural Politics

In 1945 or 1950, if you had seriously proposed any of the ideas and policies in today's standard neo-liberal toolkit, you would have been laughed off the stage or sent off to the insane asylum. . . . The idea that the market should be allowed to make major social and political decisions; the idea that the State should voluntarily reduce its role in the economy, or that corporations should be given total freedom, that trade unions should be curbed and citizens given much less rather than more social protection-such ideas were utterly foreign to the spirit of the time. Even if someone actually agreed with these ideas, he or she would have hesitated to take such a position in public and would have had a hard time finding an audience. (George 1999, para. 2) (Sigue)

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