Neoliberalism Vs Real Liberalism

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Like many things, the meaning of Liberalism has been perverted by the right. Originally, to be liberal was to have compassion for the poor and helpless, and skepticism of the ‘successful’. But since the dark days of Thatcher and Reagan, a new form of capitalist exploitation has masqueraded under the same name, referring to itself as “neoliberalism”.

The curse of neoliberalism has touched every aspect of modern politics, even taking hold in the Democratic party, which now pursues policies far out of line with the views of classical liberals such as Karl Marx and Che Guevara. In essence, neoliberalism promotes a regression to the days of laissez faire capitalism, and the selling of important government assets to private corporations, a nightmare for progressives and political scholars who understand that this has failed throughout history. Decades of neoliberalism eventually culminated in the financial crisis of 2007-08, which was thankfully rectified by the Obama administration with the help of America’s top economists and think tanks.

Real liberalism on the other hand, promotes a strong welfare state and a large, strong government which owns and regulates industries for the benefit of all. As top economists and progressive scholars will tell you, this is proven time and time again to be the best system for wealth equality, the environment and overall prosperity. It’s a system that promotes the well-being of the collective, rather than a few individuals at the top. The below lists break down the key differences between real and neoliberalism.

Neoliberalism

  • People dressed in business suits and golf gear, making cut-throat corporate deals and earning millions of dollars
  • Financialization and corporationalization of our economy
  • Investment banks trading in dangerous derivatives
  • College graduates working as barristers because corporations don’t appreciate their degrees
  • Corporations ripping off the consumer and paying slave wages to their employees
  • Unjust and costly foreign entanglements

Real Liberalism

  • People casually dressed, designing arts and crafts and running small hip coffee shops
  • Banks making loans to green energy enterprises and investing in green technologies
  • Investment banks trading in pollution-reducing carbon offsets
  • College graduates pursuing careers in activism on a living wage
  • Well-compensated government employees providing valuable services
  • Overseas humanitarian interventions to liberate people from oppressors

If you peruse the message boards of a variety of progressive websites such as Salon, the Huffington Post and the Guardian, you will see a lot of anger and resentment at the rise of neoliberalism, and the so-called ‘failings’ of the left will be blamed squarely on this perversion of true liberalism. The fact is, we haven’t had real liberalism in America yet. We haven’t yet tried a combination of strong social welfare programs, free education, universal healthcare and a universal basic income. Instead of continuing to go down this path of ever escalating right-wing populism, why don’t we give real liberalism a chance? With wealth inequality at record levels, climate change challenging the very existence of our species, and Trump threatening to deport millions of undocumented Americans; ask yourself, what do we have to lose? It’s time to give true, Bernie Sanders-style liberalism a fair shot.

Black Lives Matter

This is such a critical piece, particularly today — the first day of Kwanzaa. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is built on a fundamental principle: (1) Umoja (Unity); (2) Kujichagulia (Self-Determination); (3) Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility); (4) Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics); (5) Nia (Purpose); (6) Kuumba (Creativity); and (7) Imani (Faith in Our People and Our Struggle).

Our country is on the wrong track because we forgot these timeless principles inherited from the wisest People of Color. We need more Ujima and Ujamaa and less cutthroat competition.

trav777

Kwaanza is so enlightening in this regard, to think of all of these principles and how black people so typify every one of them and have throughout history.

You can look across the African continent and see peace and tranquility disrupted by the white man. There are Africans creating all kinds of miraculous things when the white man isn’t holding them down. Nowhere was this typified more than Rwanda or Congo or Sudan. In fact, with all this talk of Russian hackers and the stereotypes in movies of hackers, let’s remember that when the white man got out of the way and stopped oppressing them, the Rwandans were the most prolific hackers of all. They exemplified every single one of the Kwaanza principles.

we could also learn from the unity of indigenous peoples such as the pawnee, Cheyenne, and Sioux. Glorious examples for white privileged crusader oppressors.

Sugarlock
Sugarlock

Accredited Times will soon have enough articles to serve as the basis for online degree programs. I regard my previous schooling as worthless. I hope than some day soon I can earn an accredited online college degree in Real Liberalism and get a job with the government that pays a living wage. When people think of the Accredited Times now, they think of it as the world’s most complex mainstream news organization. Five years from now, they may think of it as a major online educational institution.

Black Lives Matter

Universities are bastions of conservative thinking. An “Accredited University” would undoubtedly be an important thought leader adding a much-needed progressive viewpoint to academia.

trav777

Academia seems to have these viewpoints pretty well-covered, or at least the universities with RIGOROUS programs like womyn’s studies and critical race theory.

Alexander
Alexander

Real liberalism embodies love, selflessness, and tolerance for all things except varying ideologies, and how can we possibly accept varying ideologies from the embodiment of love, selflessness and tolerance?

trav777

we cannot and should not. Lack of conformance to diversity and tolerance and peace should be met with violent suppression.

Real liberalism accepts all races of mankind, except white people and whiteness.

Alexander
Alexander

Yes, I will love my neighbor as long as my neighbor loves his neighbors. And love requires that my neighbor is generous with all his talents and possessions to those in need. If our neighbors do not share their love, then we must, by necessity, take what they will not share.

jfb

The new black frame is less racist than the previous one, but the background central part is still white. The default fonts color is ok however. Why don’t you uniformize and remove any offensive non dark color?
The HumanWare BrailleNote Apex BT 32 Braille Notetaker is relatively cheap, 5,995$ and could help us to still access the accredited times and show empathy for visually impaired people

TrueDat
TrueDat

Wow

Id support iberals as defined by this article (except for gov workers bit). Problem is I have never seen it in action as described.

The main thing I see with Liberals they have lots oif Ideas but they want someone else to pay for and implement, which happens to be me and other peiple working for a living. Liberals dont want other views to exist and they want someone (the government) to force other people to partake in the liberal ideas instead of allowing people to make their own choices.

I place personal freedom at the pinicle of ideals to protect, only to be infringed to protect others personal freedom.

Many of the ideas spouted here are against freedom, diversity, and alot of other ideals they claim to have, only as long as you agree with them.

Sugarlock
Sugarlock

Mr. TrueDat: I didn’t know you could write complete paragraphs. Did somebody help you write your comment? Do you really know what “pinnacle” means?

drb6
drb6

If you think Mr. TrueDat that you are one of the “peiple” who actually works for living while protecting “pinicle” of ideals, you are very wrong. Unless sitting in your moms’ basement and typing garbage on internet while collecting a welfare check is considered working

#ableist

drb6
drb6

I am very sorry, I have to flag my own post as being “ableist” since I am offending a grammar-disABLED or challenged person.

Alexander
Alexander

TrueDat, liberals don’t want to force everyone to share their talents and possessions. If everyone would just voluntarily become selfless by helping all those in need, then it wouldn’t be necessary to force you and other non-liberals to partake. We could theoretically have the small government according to your Alt-Right utopia dreams if only you and other conservatives would stop being greedy!

TrueDat
TrueDat

Kwanzaa is gobily goop. If you want to celebrate it fine but dont try to make it out as all that

#racist

TrueDat
TrueDat

Hilarious! Univerities are conservative?????

They are sooooooo liberal.

Stop smoking whatever you are smoking and come back to planet earth.

#fake-news

juicedid911
juicedid911

nigga please

#racist

Sugarlock
Sugarlock

Modern progressives recognize that the gender-assignment given to us when we were helpless babies may not be our real gender identity. We have an inner voice that sometimes tells us that the occupational assignment that our society has forced on us is wrong. My inner voice has told me my whole life that the occupational assignments that I was forced into were wrong, wicked, savage, inhumane, and evil. The article points out that not only conservatives, but also neoliberals are responsible for this unfair, predatory work environment. So I naturally LOVED the items listed above under the heading REAL LIBERALISM, with the green check marks.

expatlogger
expatlogger

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expatlogger
expatlogger

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