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Neoliberalism: A Definition

March 20, 2017

Neoliberalism (def. American): An ideology that works to create shiny new programs, or technological workarounds (more likely), that feel vaguely redistributive—enough to earn the ire of conservatives—but actually do nothing substantial to help poor or working class people.

In sum, neoliberalism gives you all of the political aesthetics of midcentury liberalism with almost none of the benefits.

Corollary: Objects of neoliberal affection live in a perpetual state of being *nearly* helped–of being told that they’re being helped, when nothing is actually done.

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