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Alternatives to NeoliberalismTowards Equality and Democracy$
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Bryn Jones and Mike O'Donnell

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447331148

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447331148.001.0001

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Modes of anti-neoliberalism: moralism, Marxism and 21st century socialism

Modes of anti-neoliberalism: moralism, Marxism and 21st century socialism

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Alternatives to Neoliberalism

Jeremy Gilbert

Policy Press

Here Jeremy Gilbert critically reviews the main ‘modes of anti-neoliberalism’ concluding with a presentation of the chapter author’s own commitment to a modern radical democratic alternative to neoliberalism. The counter-narratives to neoliberalism analysed are moralistic, pathologising, eco-Marxist and Marxist. ‘Moralistic’ approaches include not only religious condemnations of neoliberalism but also certain left and right wing ones based on exhortations to ‘act better’ rather than providing convincing programmes and strategies for substantial social change. Pathologising approaches –‘neoliberalism makes you ill’ – are similarly limited whereas eco-Marxist and Marxist are more comprehensive whilst reflective of an outmoded paradigm of change. The concluding sections of the chapter offer a radical democratic path allied to a modernisation ethos. This would utilise the radical potential inherent in media technologies and new organisational techniques: sophisticated tools to bring individuals isolated by neoliberalism into ‘potent collectives’. Prominent among those that might shape ‘radical modernity’ are those, often young, educated professionals and entrepreneurs who have the necessary networking and strategic planning skills.

Keywords:   cybernetic revolution, Marxism, moralism, potent collectivities, radical modernity

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