The above article is remarkably insightful, and I agree with every word of it. Consider its title. Neoliberalism is indeed a “force for good,” if by “good” we mean an endlessly widening gap between the rich and the rest.
“Neoliberals regard most people as best equipped to make their own decisions about life, and should not be subject to the arbitrary will of other people.”
Correct, if by “people” we mean the rich and the powerful. Suppose I am the CEO of a pharmaceutical company, and I want to boost my profits by making it legally mandatory for everyone to be forcibly shot full of my toxic vaccines. If you say you should have the freedom to decide which substances get pumped into your body, then you are “imposing your arbitrary will on me.” You are being unjust and immoral.
Or suppose I am a banker and you resist my attempts to reduce you to debt slavery. Again you are “imposing your arbitrary will on me.”
“Neoliberals see markets as the most efficient and humane way to allocate resources and to let people determine their priorities.”
True again, if by “people” we mean rich people, and by “markets” we mean monopolies. If I enjoy a monopoly, then neoliberalism is the most efficient way to enslave others, and to decide how to allocate resources. Whatever raises me and / or lowers others is “humane.” Ayn Rand was pathetic prophetic about this.
“Neoliberals welcome the fact that the global spread of market economies has lifted billions out of poverty and deprivation, and has improved living standards as never before in human history.”
True again – if by “billions” we mean the richest 1% who have gone from the “poverty” of millions to the heights of billions. Their living standards have indeed improved as never before in human history (while the living standards of everyone else keep plunging, but they don’t count, since they are not “people”).
“Neoliberals rejoice that poor people across the world have gained so much from economic growth and trade, and support policies that could increase them.”
True again. Poor people “gain” when neoliberals reduce them to poverty. In ancient Rome, for example, “barbarians” always “gained” by being slaughtered. It was Rome’s “humanitarian duty” to exterminate and enslave them “for their own good.” Mass murder was “God’s will.” Enslavement was a “moral imperative” and “a force for good in the world.” Rome only did what was “right and good.” All oppressors only want to “help” their victims.
“Neoliberals favor strong laws that protect private property and allow people to keep most of what they have made and earned.”
Correct again! Neoliberals pass laws that simultaneously protect their property while authorizing them to steal your property. And neoliberals naturally want to keep what they have “earned” (i.e. stolen). This is only fair.
“Neoliberals value entrepreneurship as the key to tomorrow’s growth and wealth, and embrace the new technologies that can enhance and enrich people’s lives.”
Again correct. (Like I said, this is an amazing article.) For neoliberals, entrepreneurship means freedom to crush smaller entrepreneurs. And as the article says, neoliberals favor technologies that enhance and enrich “people’s lives” (i.e. neoliberals’ lives, at others’ expense).
“Neoliberals tend to be empirical rather than ideological, rejecting things that don’t work in practice, no matter how well supported in theory.”
Yes. Neoliberals (like viruses and cancer cells) don’t care about ideology. Neoliberals only care about owning everything and everyone. Nor do they care about theory. Neoliberals are only interested in grinding average people into the dirt.
“Neoliberals favor some degree of redistribution to give disadvantaged people the fair chance of a decent life, and they support measures to help retrain and relocate those facing adverse consequences from new technology or global free trade.”
Very true. As the article says, neoliberals favor redistribution of wealth (upward) in order to “help” the lower classes. That is, they steal from the lower classes in order to encourage the victims to “work hard” (unlike neoliberals themselves).
“Most neoliberals are optimistic, thinking the world is better than it was, and will become better still. They have confidence that human ingenuity and determination can solve most problems if left space to do so.”
Yes indeed. Neoliberals are parasites whose lives are getting better all the time at the expense of their hosts, which are the poorer classes. As parasites they have every reason to be optimistic (until they kill their host).
The point is that neoliberals don’t always lie. It’s just that they define their terms in the opposite way that the poorer classes define them. For the poorer classes a “free market” is a situation where everyone has fair and equal opportunities. For neoliberals a “free market” means a rigged, controlled, and monopolized economy.
For the lower classes, “liberty” means the freedom to be left alone. For neoliberals, “liberty” means the freedom to enslave the lower classes. This is the essence of Libertarianism.