In response to the above post I counter that the road to rejecting neoliberalism begins with rejecting false beliefs about money.
As long as we falsely believe that money is physical and limited, and that the U.S. government needs tax revenue, and has a “debt crisis,” we will be neoliberals ourselves, if not consciously then subconsciously.
The neoliberal brain is governed by the program at right, as is the brain of anyone who believes the lie that federal dollars are “limited.” Naturally we want to get some of the government’s “limited” money ourselves. Naturally we do not want the poor to “get it all.”
Hatred of the poor sustains false beliefs about money. In turn, false beliefs about money sustain hatred of the poor (whose ranks grow every day).
Most people in the lower classes tend to vote against their own interests because they believe the lies described here. Hence they are essentially neoliberals, seeking to screw the people below them, and thereby letting themselves be screwed by the people above then.
Long-winded analyses are unnecessary. Neoliberalism is simply the impulse to rob others, and to rationalize the robbery. This game is played in various forms at all levels of society.
The problem is not shortages, but maldistribution, caused by collective selfishness. When we as individuals moderate our selfishness, we cease believing that federal dollars are limited, and that poor people are lazy. We understand that Food Stamp benefits, for example, boost the overall economy, and thereby help recipients and non-recipients alike. Food Stamp benefits are a form of money that the U.S. government creates out of thin air, just like Social Security benefits, and just like dollars themselves.
(Incidentally the purpose of Food Stamps is to keep American peasants from revolting. Throughout history there have been many causes of revolutions, but the actual triggers have always been hunger. In any society, the peasants will submit to endless poverty and abuse, as long as they have something to eat. Therefore when the Trump talks about cutting Food Stamp benefits, he is just playing games. Democrats, meanwhile play their own style of games.)
Republicans and Democrats both get power by supporting the same lies about money. For Republicans the lies validate their desire to cut social programs in order to widen the gap between the rich and the rest. (“Social Security is insolvent!”) For Democrats the lies about money validate their false claim that, “We are your only protection against Republicans!”
Naturally the corporate media outlets work hard to sustain the lie that dollars are limited, and the U.S. government runs on loans and taxes. An example is the garbage below from the Washington Post, which has been reprinted by numerous blogs….
The Treasury Department had $177 billion in its cash account as of Tuesday, a cash pile that it is drawing down because the government is limited in how much it can borrow by the debt ceiling.
Lies, lies, and more lies, all of them designed to make you falsely think that dollars are physical and limited, so that you meekly submit to poverty and inequality.
I read some of the reader comments below the Washington Post article. Everyone believes the lies. Therefore everyone is more or less a neoliberal. Therefore few people squawk when Trump vows to privatize America’s infrastructure, turning national highways into toll roads, for example. After all, the U.S. government is “broke,” right?
Privatization of the national infrastructure will cause the price of all consumer goods to rise dramatically, but we would rather live with poverty than live without lies.
Trump says his first target for privatization will be air traffic control. He plans to fire more than 30,000 FAA workers (including 14,000 air traffic controllers). He says they will be better off working for a private owner who will do everything possible to drive down their wages, and cut the quality of the service. Don’t be surprised if mid-air collisions become routine.
Some people don’t want privatization to happen, but they will ensure that it does happen, because they insist on believing the lie that federal dollars are physical and limited. Hence they have no answer when Trump falsely claims that, “We must privatize because the U.S. government is broke.”