How The Republican Party Has Conned America for Thirty Years

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The phony nature of most of what passes for “privatization” under neoliberalism

Center for a Stateless Society

by Kevin Carson

01/22/09

[T]he tendency of neoliberal capitalism over the past few decades, despite all the ‘free market’ rhetoric, has been to socialize an ever-increasing share of the operating costs of business, and to insulate big business increasingly from market competition through a draconian ‘intellectual property’ (sic) regime. Besides the war economy and the military-industrial complex, the internal security state and the prison-industrial complex have grown by leaps and bounds. Consider the irony of Dick Cheney, of Halliburton fame, pontificating that ‘the government never made anybody rich.’ We have been evolving, in recent decades, to a system of power in which the boundaries between the corporation and the state are increasingly a legal fiction, and the corporate capitalists administer the economy from their position at the helm of the state. The main difference between what the Nazis aimed at, and the neoliberal policies pursued in the Anglosphere, is that ‘free market’ rhetoric serves a useful legitimizing function for selling the latter...

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