The Truth about Neoliberalism
Recording of the discussion:
Is there a powerful neoliberal current intent on pursuing austerity in western societies? Many self-identified liberals and leftists insist this is the case. The first step in tackling this question is to probe more deeply into the meaning of “neoliberalism”. Too often it is assumed to refer simply to an ideological commitment to the free market. This discussion will probe the topic more deeply.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER
1. What are the main components of the neoliberal worldview?
2. To what extent is neoliberalism a break from earlier forms of liberalism?
3. What is the significance of the German /Austrian strand of neoliberalism?
4. How has the influence of neoliberalism changed since the 1970s?
Daniel Ben-Ami, author, Ferraris for All, will introduce a discussion on neoliberalism.
- Daniel Stedman Jones, Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics, (Princeton 2012)
- Jones can be heard discussing his book in this episode of the BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed programme. 21 January 2013.
- The book was reviewed by Daniel Ben-Ami in the Financial Times. (free registration may be necessary). 13 December 2012.
- “Burgin on Hayek, Friedman and the Great Persuasion”, Econtalk podcast (for those who are particularly keen there are many more links here too) 18 March 2013.
- Angus Burgin’s book is discussed by Frank Furedi in “The Struggle to Moralise Capitalism”, spiked January 2013.
- BBC Radio 4 Analysis podcast “Keeping the free market faith”, 14 October 2012.
- Oliver Marc Hartwich, “Neoliberalism: The genesis of a political swearword”, Centre for Independent Studies. 21 May 2009.
- Sebastian Dullien and Ulrike Guérot, “The long shadow of ordoliberalism: Germany’s approach to the euro crisis”, European Council on Foreign Relations. February 2012.