[lbo-talk] Workers of Europe unite, you've only Euro chains to lose

Wojtek S wsoko52 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 22 08:47:39 PST 2011

Marv: "My rebuttal, of course, would be that "neoliberal discourse" would not have gained any traction but for the trade unions, and the parties based on them, having been gravely weakened by the revolution in technology and communications and the political transformations in the fSU and China. These in combination opened vast new markets for capitalist expansion and profitability and hammered the industrial working class in the advanced capitalist countries."

[WS:] I agree that these factors played a significant role, but I do not consider this a rebuttal of what I said. These seem to be two parallel processes working hand-in-hand: opening of the markets and monopolization of knowledge production by universities and technocrats that crowded out alternatives.

We may of course ask why the fSU, E Europe, China, and for that matter, South Africa adopted neoliberalism. They did not have to, especially China which still maintains a dirigiste type of the economy. I think that the knowledge production system and the rise of the technocrat class benefiting from that knowledge can travel a long way in explaining the popularity of neoliberalism in these newly opened markets. Methinks that the most zealous proponents of neoliberalism can be found not in the Etats Unis or the (formerly) Great ;) Britain but in China, India, Eastern Europe or Russia,


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