A Brief History of the Brief History of “Left Neoliberalism”

March 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

A Brief History of the Brief History of "Left Neoliberalism"

A Brief History of the Brief History of "Left Neoliberalism"

Take a look at this screencap.  It’s a partial listing of a directory of economics books and papers, all searchable pdfs.  If it’s not searchable it doesn’t go in there.  I’ve certainly not read them all, and it takes the computer about 45 minutes to search them all.  The terms “left neoliberal” and “left-neoliberal” are not in there.

This is not controversial-the term seems to have been invented about 6 months ago by Matthew Yglesias.  So what, it’s a big internet.

What is important is that neoliberalism is evil.  It’s ruined the lives of millions while benefiting a fortunate few hundred.  As a liberal and a leftist, I am not ‘just like you’.  ‘I am not your mirror image’, as Paul Krugman told Russ Roberts.

This is mostly unknown inside the USA because until recently neoliberalism has only been imposed on the third world.  That’s changing, and you should be worried because you are almost certainly not one of the few that’s going to benefit from it.

Lefties and liberals were capitalists back when your side was still bowing before busts of King George III.  (You can look it up.  Americans were quite upset about the monopoly on tea the East India Company tried to impose).

So if you think I’m one of you, you can take your Von Hayek and shove it up your Mont Pelerin until the handle breaks off and you have to go to Charles Koch to get it out again.

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