Gender and racial discrimination, surveillance, exploitation and so forth are only effects. The real problem is – that it is possible to suppress the people by false Science or false descriptions of the world – that supports Might Is Right. Or like this. We are not genuine citizens.

24 August 2016

Careful openings in the usually impregnable fog

Brexit has open the door to discuss what earlier was impossible to talk about in public. Hopefully, the present restricted opening is just the beginning.

Like for example Merkel's Chief of Staff on Brexit “Advice from Outside Out of Place”, Ralf Neukirch, René Pfister, Der Spiegel, 4 July 2016, ends with the following statement by Peter Altmaier that was unthinkable just some months earlier.
SPIEGEL: For European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU Parliament President Martin Schulz, the answer lies in more Europe. 
Altmaier: We have undergone paradoxical develop­ments in recent years: On the one hand, many in Europe are again placing value in their national identities. At the same time, globalization has led to a situation in which individual nation-states are less able to address current problems on their own. That's why we must act with prudence. Simply calling for more Europe is not enough.

Der Spiegel highlight also that the functions of the existing structures is far from the propaganda surface in Dieselgate in Europe: How Officials Ignored Years of Emissions Evidence, Markus Becker and Gerald Traufetter, Der Spiegel, 19 August 2016.

Read also: The death of neoliberalism and the crisis in western politics, Martin Jacques, The Guardian, 21 August 2016.
In the early 1980s the author was one of the first to herald the emerging dominance of neoliberalism in the west. Here he argues that this doctrine is now faltering. But what happens next?

At first I thought this article was not especially interesting as it was a collection of what is already known.

Then I slowly realized that it is in fact more or less revolutionary to make such relations public and that the stuff is published in the stuffy The Guardian that usually appear to be radical; but in fact always defend the present as their analysis never penetrate the layer of accepted political propaganda.

This article says openly that there is no official agenda. So, in a way The Guardian stays true to the ideal to promote the present political agenda;)

Don miss the many comments that highlight that the existing political perspective is dysfunctional. For example it is impossible to fit comments like this, made by Bilge, into the established perspective
Freedom to do what. ...keep working, keep buying the tat, keep paying the bills?
There is also a typical answer to my comment, to promote my stuff, that I answered.

And, remember the critique against so called Neoliberalism is not new.

Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us, Paul Verhaeghe, The Guardian, 29 September 2014.

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