…there is a direct correlation between the push for the neoliberal agenda and massive repression…
April 5, 2012 § Leave a comment
She observed that there is a direct correlation between the push for the neoliberal agenda and massive repression in Central and Southern American countries, especially Chile, Argentina, and Brazil, then Bolivia. She was able to conclude, based on historical events, that the imposition of the neoliberal agenda – to pass on the social cost of the crisis onto the poor – in these countries was done through shock therapy. The people should be too shocked and too scared to resist. The “economic reforms” imposed on these countries were accompanied by torture, killings and disappearances. These abhorrent crimes against the people were meant to quell resistance, through breaking the will and sense of self of or physically removing those who are likely to resist while sending a clear message to those who might think of resisting. That is why the repression unleashed by the state is always not commensurate to the actual threat of resistance.
She also observed the same shock therapy in the US and UK in the 1980s. In the UK, former prime minister Margaret Thatcher used the popularity she gained in the Falkland war to impose “neoliberal “reforms,” then attacked the strike of the coal miners in 1984 using 8,000 riot police on horseback. Then US president Ronald Reagan, on the other hand, terminated 11,400 air traffic controllers, who went on strike, in one single blow. Just recently, the administrations of Bush, father and son, used the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the September 11, 2001 attack to curtail civil liberties at home to push the neoliberal agenda further. While the Obama administration used the 2008 economic and financial crisis to push for the same policies that triggered the crisis in the first place.