By Richard Seymour
But opposed to Austerity is going additional – creating a daring theoretical intervention at the query of hard austerity and developing radical choices. starting with an research of present classification formation and dominant ideology, Seymour concerns a choice to fingers, mapping a brand new technique to unite the left.
Along the way in which, he tackles the vexed query of accomplishing social switch, specifically problems with reform and social revolution. In an age characterized through the paucity and inadequacy of mainstream research, opposed to Austerity issues a manner ahead to restore the left and create a brand new spirit of collective resistance.
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Extra resources for Against Austerity: How We Can Fix the Crisis They Made
Not only does this have nothing to do with the Marxist conception of class; it is not particularly relevant to any rigorous conception of class. Why do the more doctrinaire neoliberals become so defensive about the concept of class that the mere use of the term is sufficient to get their sinewy lips beating together? The concept of class is dangerous for neoliberals because it cuts against the grain of their social theory, 9. Margaret Thatcher, ‘Don’t Undo My Work’, Newsweek, 27 April 1992; Douglas Keay, ‘Interview with Margaret Thatcher’, Woman’s Own, 23 September 1987.
But as a disciple of Friedrich Hayek, Thatcher had a specific point in mind. This is linked to her more famous insistence that ‘there is no such thing as society’, only individuals and families. What Thatcher meant is that at base, ‘society’ is composed of nothing but entrepreneurial, self-maximising units. See Wolfgang Streeck, ‘The Politics of Public Debt: Neoliberalism, Capitalist Development and the Restructuring of the State’, German Economic Review, 2013, pp. 1–23. 33 Seymour T02680 01 text 33 04/02/2014 09:22 Against Austerity goal.
One effect of the success of neoliberalism has been a long-term decline in the political and institutional participation of working class people. Membership of political parties, voting, and involvement in community organisation has shown a marked tendency to decline across the neoliberal core. 27 (The fragments of the old socialist Left in Britain sustains a facade of ostentatious ‘normality’ by consuming copious quantities of alcohol and evincing an interest in sport. But get them in a room together and watch them reveal their real alien selves, as they talk about ‘the class’, and hold forth on ‘the dialectic’.
Against Austerity: How We Can Fix the Crisis They Made by Richard Seymour