Wendy Brown

The supreme triumph of corporate power in the world requires that liberal democracy be undermined. This means that political autonomy is jettisoned. Formal rights, private property and voting are retained, but civil liberties are re-cast as useful only for the enjoyment of private autonomy.

Social problems are de-politicized and converted into therapeutic, individualistic solutions (mostly through consuming a special commodity). The political rationality of neo-liberalism interpellates the governed self of the citizenry. Separated from the collectivity, this self is then absorbed into a world of choice and need-satisfaction through consumption that is mistaken for freedom.

There is much more here and one must read Brown’s book as well. But all of this has to do with my observation that “democracy” now means its opposite, and these things must be seriously considered.

Axé.

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  1. Hattie

    There are free people. Many white men operate with complete impunity.

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