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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