Cogn191B-Giroux-NeolibCritique

“The Terror of Neoliberalism: Rethinking the Significance of Cultural Politics” by Henry A. Giroux, College Literature, 32.1 Winter 2005, p1-19, published by West Chester Library

“Wedded to the belief that the market should be the organizing principle for all political, social, and economic decisions, neoliberalism wages an incessant attack on democracy, public goods, and non-commodified values” (2)

“citizenship has increasingly become a function of consumerism and politics has been restructured as ‘corporations have been increasingly freed from social control through deregulation, privatization, and other neoliberal measures’ (Tabb 2003, 153)” (2)

“Corporations more and more design not only the economic sphere but also shape legislation and policy affecting all levels of government, and with limited opposition” (2)

“Neoliberalism has to be understood within a larger crisis of vision, meaning, education, and political agency” (3)

“Under the reign of neoliberalism, capital and wealth have been largely distributed upwards, while civic virtue has been undermined by a slavish celebration of the free market as the model for organizing all facets of everyday life” (4)

“Civic engagement now appears impotent as corporations privatize public space and disconnect power from issues of equity, social justice, and civic responsibility. Financial investments, market identities, and commercial values take precedence over human needs, public responsibilities, and democratic relations. Proceeding outside of democratic accountability, neoliberalism has allowed a handful of private interests to control as much of social life as possible in order to maximize their personal profit” (5-6)

“With its debased belief that profit-making is the essence of democracy and its definition of citizenship as an energized plunge into consumerism, neoliberalism eliminates government regulation of market forces, celebrates a ruthless competitive individualism, and places the commanding political, cultural, and economic institutions of society in the hands of powerful corporate interests” (8)

“Neoliberal global policies also further the broader cultural project of privatizing social services” (8)

“[Neoliberalism] is an economic and implicitly cultural theory – a historical and socially constructed ideology that needs to be made visible, critically engaged, and shaken from the stranglehold of power it currently exercises over most of the commanding institutions of national and global life” (12)

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