Guide to a Neoliberal Planet Gone Mad

Hola Everybody,
I came across the following several years ago on the innertz. Considering everything that’s happening this election cycle, I thought I’d share the following as a voter guide. ::sarcasm intended::

Neoliberal Terms Glossary

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Fascism is the merger of state and the corporation.
–Benito Mussolini

 

Neoliberalism: Socialism for the rich.

The Economy: The corporate global economy.

Austerity Measures: Cutting Public funding for social services such as education, health care, social safety nets, and even maintenance of roads, bridges, water supply in the name of reducing government’s role (branded as “freedom”). Of course, austerity does not apply to government subsidies and tax breaks for corporations.

Industrialization: Corporate takeover of production and destruction of the independent craftsman.

Economic Development: Replacement of small businesses and self-sufficient local economies with the corporate system.

Economic Freedom: Working for the corporations and buying from the corporations.

Growth: increased corporate profits.

Job creation:

  1. (Global South) sweatshops, plantations, child labor.
  2. (Global North) paper-shufflers.

Mobility of Capital and Ideas: Rootlessness, Unaccountability.

Competitive Production Costs: The elimination of environmental, worker safety, and child labor laws.

Free Trade: A massive oil-burning transportation system that centralizes economic power in the corporations.

Privatization: Corporate theft of the commons (public lands and resources).

The Poor: People who live sustainability in true communities and diverse cultures, crafting their own homes, clothing, and utensils, and growing their own organic food, thus requiring little or no cash income. These millions are termed “poor” because industrial capitalism places no value on communities, culture, and the goods and services people provide for themselves.

Globalization: The destruction of all cultures.

Stabilization: Subjugation, oppression.

Shift to Export Economy: Corporate agribusiness theft of peasants’ land forcing migration into big city slums, sweatshops, and massive corporate mono-crop plantations.

Business-friendly Environment: Corporate puppet regime installed by U.S. military, CIA, Mossad, MI6, etc., and controlled by detailed and conditional World Bank loans.

European Union: The elimination of local democracy and homogenization of Europe’s diverse cultures.

Costs Outsourcing: Subsidies, bailouts, and tax breaks given to corporations in exchange for campaign contributions and cash payments.

Media: propaganda machine owned by corporations and funded by corporate advertising.

Industry Consultant: A corporate lobbyist.

Market Creation: Advertising and selling increasingly complex, costly, and unnecessary consumer products.

Automobile: An expensive, dangerous, stressful, and environmentally destructive personal isolation chamber which disrupts, disperses, and destroys compact pedestrian communities.

Infrastructure: Subsidized freeway sprawl forcing reliance on the automobile.

Television: An addictive corporate advertising and “news” propaganda device, which wastes time formerly used for family, friends, community, and the reading of books.

Peace-keeping forces: Occupying army.

Insurgent: Local citizens resisting occupation.

Military/ industrial Complex: $Trillions/ year in obscene upper class profits made from thousands/ year senseless lower class deaths.

American Dream: Corporate Dream.

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Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.
— Albert Einstein

My name is Eddie and I’m in recovery from civilization…

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