A Brief History of Neoliberalism

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Oxford University Press, 2007 - Business & Economics - 247 pages
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Neoliberalism - the doctrine that market exchange is an ethic in itself, capable of acting as a guide for all human action - has become dominant in both thought and practice throughout much of the world since 1970 or so. Its spread has depended upon a reconstitution of state powers such that privatization, finance, and market processes are emphasized. State interventions in the economy are minimized, while the obligations of the state to provide for the welfare of its citizens are diminished. David Harvey, author of 'The New Imperialism' and 'The Condition of Postmodernity', here tells the political-economic story of where neoliberalization came from and how it proliferated on the world stage. While Thatcher and Reagan are often cited as primary authors of this neoliberal turn, Harvey shows how a complex of forces, from Chile to China and from New York City to Mexico City, have also played their part. In addition he explores the continuities and contrasts between neoliberalism of the Clinton sort and the recent turn towards neoconservative imperialism of George W. Bush. Finally, through critical engagement with this history, Harvey constructs a framework not only for analyzing the political and economic dangers that now surround us, but also for assessing the prospects for the more socially just alternatives being advocated by many oppositional movements.

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I am a unionist and a believer in Roosevelt’s New Deal, and Democrat. Anyone writing less than 4-5 stars is a ‘milk’ the labor class Republican or playing the Devil's Advocate seeking disagreement. Harvey is a leader to listen to. I truly think he cares for the common world citizen. Telling the truth is a tough job, feels better and feeds more people to a healthy environment, in the long run. Like Gore's movie and the Florida 2000 election, John Kerry's tax plan for health care presented on TV...a 2004 Ted Koppel debate where Kerry states: Geo. B., J. Kerry, and Ted Koppel will fund my idea of tax plan paying for national health care, a great stimulus for American Labor. Had we listened, Kerry delivered; we would have had a labor and market stimulus using taxation. Instead like 2000 Florida, We vote to go to an Oil War! (For Gore, the third party helped this to come about, in my opinion. Bush used Ralph Nader.) This is what Harvey is trying to have us see, what is being done to the economics of America. The wealthy cannot motivate without feeling the labor class is stupid selling their labor production for the wealthy to be wealthier. There is nothing wrong with making money, just that if you give someone one thing and allow them to rule and receive two things tomorrow, they will want three, then 4.... Today taxation is lower than 60 years +. Redistribution of wealth is capitalism. ChangeItOrDrownIt TY Harvey! 

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Great introductory book.
But... why is a book problematizing neoliberalism not available free online? The enforcement of copy rights is a clear facet of neoliberal ideology. This book has no doubt
sold a great deal and, nonetheless, money appears useless after reading this book. Unfortunate indeed.  

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David Harvey is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He formerly held professorial posts at Oxford University and The Johns Hopkins University, and has written extensively on the political economy of globalization, urbanization, and cultural change. Oxford University Press published his book 'The New Imperialism' in September 2003 (reissued in paperback February 2005).

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