The rise of the populist right is the neo-liberal elite’s fault.

Ian Walsh points out that it’s the same neo-liberal elite who created the conditions for the rise of the new fascism which now complains about its existence.

Trump did well because he offered a problem statement and a solution (albeit somewhat incoherently). Sanders did better than any socialist has done in decades for the same reason. Corbyn is Labour leader because he offered a solution as well.

All of these people are offering solutions which are not tweaks to the status quo: They are massive changes. Slapping a 35 percent tariff on all overseas-made goods (Trump) is not a small thing, it is a radical overthrow of the current world order.

Re-nationalizing swathes of industry in the UK, which Corbyn wants to do, is also a radical change in how the country is run.

Neoliberalism is dying because it cannot offer a solution to problems it created. The problem is that it is dying in a way which may lead to a revival of fascism, an age of revolution, and an age of war.

Neoliberals are monsters. It is a philosophy born in the sentiment, “Fuck you Jack, I’ve got mine.” People who supported neoliberals (like Reagan Dems) were either clueless or monsters (or both). The results reaped by neoliberalism are exactly what was predicted by its critics.

7 thoughts on “The rise of the populist right is the neo-liberal elite’s fault.

  1. John Doe December 13, 2016 at 15:09 Reply

    I’m still confused. Who’s side is Ian on?

    • Francois Tremblay December 13, 2016 at 15:13 Reply

      I think the answer is obvious. You can’t get any clearer than “Neoliberals are monsters.”

      • John Doe December 13, 2016 at 17:28 Reply

        I don’t know which side is which, though. All I want to know is who KNOWS that I am a human being with wants and needs as a disabled irreligious questioner.

        • Francois Tremblay December 13, 2016 at 17:56 Reply

          There are three basic sides right now. Neo-liberalists, who want to save the status quo. Right-wing populists. And left-wing populists.

          • John Doe December 13, 2016 at 18:38 Reply

            If none of them know for fact that I am human being with wants and needs, then every single one on all sides can die in a car accident.

  2. Laniakea Official December 15, 2016 at 17:52 Reply

    Yus!
    Looks like futuretimeline.net has to reconstruct their whole website lol.
    Neoliberalism is like a creature out of Lovecraft’s Old Ones or WoW’s Old Gods, even in death it’s “body” still seethes with corruption.

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