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[Xmca-l] Re: Alas... there go the lives of our youth!

Sarah Leonard is a great writer.

Read this para from this article [out from under capitalism] May 8, 2017 Look at what she does with 7 sentences. It's just like she shaved the belly of a drunken sailor if you were to ask me, early in the morning!

[The global tide of populism, right and left, is sweeping neoliberal ideology inexorably into its grave, and none too soon. The neoliberal agenda pushes globalized markets, the entrepreneurial individual, and states that use technocratic means to pave the way for maximum market efficiency. Its
 advent in the United States may be traced back to the 1970s, when President Jimmy Carter began deregulating the trucking and airline industries. When Carter lost to Ronald Reagan in 1980, the right wing accelerated the slide into neoliberalism into a full-on sprint. The story of the past 40 years is one of nearly unchecked devastation: unions broken, safety nets shredded, and everything from banking to mining to telecommunications deregulated. Alongside growing economic inequality, we have suffered growing political inequality, with a now-famous Princeton study<https://scholar.princeton.edu/sites/default/files/mgilens/files/gilens_and_page_2014_-testing_theories_of_american_politics.doc.pdf> declaring that the influence of ordinary citizens on US policy is “negligible.” The United States, in other words, has become something of an oligarchy.]

link here: https://www.thenation.com/article/out-from-under-capitalism/

I love love this too:

[Neoliberalism as common sense is over. The struggle to replace it is on.]

It feels really fresh to read this. But then... it *is* The Nation.

Kind regards,