Pierre Bourdieu

Pierre Bourdieu

There is a major media campaign that involves busi­nessmen, intellectuals and jour­nalists whose purpose is to promote a neo-liberal vision related to the economy, which in truth responds to classic con­servative thought.

Globalization is a myth. It is the most powerful social discourse today; one that forces you to believe. It is the principal weapon against the progress and benefits of the Welfare State.

With the complicity of the media neo-liberalism has become the newest conserva­tive world-vision. Thirty years ago it became known as ”the end of the ideology” and later as “the end of history.” But ultimately, neo-liberalism is simply a new ideological package of old conservative ideas.

One of the qualities of conservative revolutions is that they restore old models and present them as new and revo­lutionary. This strategy appeals to progress, reason, science, and economy in order to claim the legitimacy of financial mar­kets. It is the most radical form of capitalism, narrowing all goals to the increase of profits.

Neo-liberalism had po­litical effects. According to British studies, neo-liberalism, especially Margaret Thatcher policies, increased feelings of insecurity among labor and the middle classe. The same phe­nomenon has occurred in the United States through the neo-lib­eralist reforms established by the Reagan presidency.

In many countries today temporary jobs greatly outnumber the amount of permanent jobs. Three quarters of the labor force are part-time workers and most of them are young. This situation has created restlessness, which has generated dan­gerous and costly social conse­quences.

All communities should insist on evaluating the social consequences of proposed eco­nomic policies. Will there be a loss of employment, with a rise in the rate of suicide, addictions and domestic violence?

Violence has consequenc­es, including the violence felt by the lost of jobs and security.This kind of violence eventually en­tails daily destructive acts related to alcoholism, delinquency, ad­dictions and others.

Neo-liberalism is a neo­-Darwinist philosophy. Presumably to neo-liberalism, those who triumph are the strongest and most intelligent. This phi­losophy allows power only to those who succeed, and leaves the under-employed with fewer opportunities for success. It divides the world population in two sectors: winners and losers. Those who can opt for over-paid employment are winners. Those who are condemned to survive on the left-overs of the winners, those who are part of the mass majority, are losers.

Author: Proyectos FPH
Published: January 16, 2008.

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