Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies: Communicative Capitalism and Left Politics

Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies: Communicative Capitalism and Left Politics

Jodi Dean


Democracy and different Neoliberal Fantasies is an impassioned demand the belief of a revolutionary left politics within the usa. via an overview of the ideologies underlying modern political tradition, Jodi Dean takes the left to activity for its capitulations to conservatives and its failure to take accountability for the large neoliberalization carried out throughout the Clinton presidency. She argues that the left’s skill to strengthen and shield a collective imaginative and prescient of equality and unity has been undermined by means of the ascendance of “communicative capitalism,” a constellation of consumerism, the privileging of the self over crew pursuits, and the include of the language of victimization. As Dean explains, communicative capitalism is enabled and exacerbated by means of the internet and different networked communications media, which decrease political energies to the registration of opinion and the transmission of emotions. the result's a psychotic politics the place sure bet displaces credibility and the move of excessive feeling trumps the trade of reason.

Dean’s critique levels from her argument that the time period democracy has develop into a meaningless cipher invoked by way of the left and correct alike to an research of the delusion of unfastened exchange underlying neoliberalism, and from an exam of latest theories of sovereignty complicated by way of politicians and left lecturers to a glance on the altering meanings of “evil” within the speeches of U.S. presidents because the mid-twentieth century. She emphasizes the futility of a politics enacted by way of contributors made up our minds to not offend someone, and she or he examines questions of fact, wisdom, and tool on the subject of Sep 11 conspiracy theories. Dean insists that any reestablishment of a necessary and practical left politics would require laying off the mantle of victimization, confronting the wedding of neoliberalism and democracy, and mobilizing varied phrases to symbolize political concepts and goals.

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