Through the Mirror

The articulate Left comes close to capturing NRx from the other side, mapping out a persuasive genealogy (through games theory and public choice analysis). The final line of this piece gets closest:

It is the logical endgame of a dark political vision crafted in opposition to democratic advances; the realisation of a strange freedom which lies at the root of the neoliberal dystopia, from which the political establishment offers no deliverance.

… except, they think counter-democratic darkness is already in power, in the guise of ‘neoliberalism’, and that the populist political charade, with its 40%+ state absorption of economic product, financial central planning, and publicly-promoted egalitarian evangelism, is an outcome compatible with the triumph of a disillusioned right. It seems an absurd sticking point to reach — that in the end, we can’t even agree about who is ruling the world.

April 25, 2015admin 16 Comments »
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  • Michael Says:

    — that in the end, we can’t even agree about who is ruling the world.
    Theres the rub. The 60s meme that the media is controlled by corporate monsters is still effective at any reasoned critique. All evidence is tainted.
    Is it a happy accident this type of device is still in place or a dark Frankfurt conspiracy, either way there are dozens of examples of these mems that still serve even serve better than before. for instance now we have a new media. Is the left eating itself in the new media or leveraging itself in a good cop bad cop routine.


    Posted on April 25th, 2015 at 2:25 pm Reply | Quote
  • Brett Stevens Says:

    The best strategy for revolutionaries is to always insist the enemy is in charge; that way, you can blame all failings on him.


    Posted on April 25th, 2015 at 2:37 pm Reply | Quote
  • Hanfeizi Says:

    To the “left”, the left vs. right spectrum isn’t statism vs. libertarianism, but flat egalitarianism vs. hierarchy. Since their idea of “right” has no bearing on the size of the state, a right-wing takeover by governments controlling 40%+ of GDP is perfectly plausible. They’re not speaking the same language.


    Chris B Reply:

    Worse. It is central state/ Power + egalitarianism. Add that the state + equality is the only form of leftism that can really exist and cause damage, and you have a ready framework for leftism down the ages. Anything (that can exist) not corresponding to this is fascism, and needs more government to bring sweet, pure, charity to society and level everything.


    hypersitious Reply:

    The dark version of: Be all things to all people…or something like that.


    Morgan Reply:

    The irony being, egalitarian vs hierarchy is much closer to the origins of left vs right than the liberal insistence on making politics the handmaiden to economics, hence the reductionist statist vs libertarian axes.


    Posted on April 25th, 2015 at 3:30 pm Reply | Quote
  • Steve Johnson Says:

    The left takes as articles of faith a bunch of false beliefs about the world – racial equality, socialist paradise, equality between men and women, equality of sexual deviants, etc. When the results don’t match up they conclude that the right wing is in charge.

    There’s no other explanation, really.


    Posted on April 25th, 2015 at 3:51 pm Reply | Quote
  • Chris B Says:

    Do you expect anything other than gibberish from a political PHD candidate in a UK university?


    Posted on April 25th, 2015 at 4:35 pm Reply | Quote
  • grey enlightenment Says:

    … he seems to suggests, in the rational choice vision of humans as isolated, calculating individuals.

    But this is borne out of the empirical evidence, not a bias against egalitarianism. As far as the financial markets are concerned, the mathematical models that assume humans are selfish (or in econo-speak rational) most closely aligns with reality.


    Posted on April 25th, 2015 at 6:04 pm Reply | Quote
  • Through the Mirror | Reaction Times Says:

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    Posted on April 25th, 2015 at 6:08 pm Reply | Quote
  • Ur-mail Says:

    I think rather than leaning on empirical scientific consensus, which has its own problems, it’s even more effective to simply say that the Left ignores really existing differences of all kinds. The bias against “isolated” and “calculating” individuals being a part of a larger desire suspend these behaviors because their effects continuously disprove the egalitarian thesis.


    Posted on April 25th, 2015 at 6:29 pm Reply | Quote
  • Simon Fortescue Says:

    Irritating how the word democracy has become a black hole into which any cognitive dissonance surrounding institutional dysfunction is referred. Dr. Democracy ever the quack perpetually prescribes himself as the cure for himself.


    Peter A. Taylor Reply:

    That’s going straight into my interesting quotations file.


    E. Antony Gray (@RiverC) Reply:

    It’s like a heroin addict close to death:

    “What I could use right now… is some more heroin.”


    Posted on April 25th, 2015 at 6:51 pm Reply | Quote
  • Xoth Says:

    “Liberalism” only in the american sense: It is the marriage of progressivism and big capital which we now can witness daily.


    Posted on April 25th, 2015 at 8:05 pm Reply | Quote
  • ce Says:

    Also see this book published by Stanford University Press titled “Markets in the Name of Socialism: The Left Wing Origins of Neoliberalism”:


    Posted on April 26th, 2015 at 5:58 am Reply | Quote

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